Basic Site Details

Name: Portobello Public Baths
Town, district or village: Portobello
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Sea water and fresh water. Cost 32,236

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Portobello sea water baths  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Swimming baths  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3Bellfield StreetYes 
Item 2 of 3Marlborough StreetYes 
Item 3 of 3Promenade StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31898   
Item 2 of 3After 1898  Alterations at various dates
Item 3 of 31901 Opened 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation) A1898 Robert Morham as City Architect
Item 2 of 5James Anderson Williamson A1898 Supervised by Robert Morham
Item 3 of 5John Alexander Black A1898 As Assistant to Robert Morham, supervised by James Anderson Williamson
Item 4 of 5John Bryan Nisbet A1898 As assistant to Robert Morham, City Architect
Item 5 of 5Robert Morham A1898 As City Architect, supervising James Anderson Williamson


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Campbell, D1993Scottish Baths 1868-1914 and their Conservation MSc dissertation, Heriot-Watt University  
Item 2 of 6Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp653
Item 3 of 6Gordon, Ian and Inglis, Simon2009Great Lengths: the Historic Indoor Swimming Pools of Great Britain English Heritagep99
Item 4 of 6Portobello Baths Edinburgh Sea Water Baths, Portobello, pamphlet produced for the opening, 1901.   
Item 5 of 6Shifrin, Malcolm2015Victorian Turkish Baths Historic Englandpp156-7 Illustrations.
Item 6 of Website of ScranTrust (Edinburgh) 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News28 June 1901  p861
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal13 July 1935v42London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp1009 - obituary of James Anderson Williamson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild  
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27261 
Item 3 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Alexander Black: L v10 no 561 (microfilm reel 32); John Bryan Nisbet: L v19 no1484
Item 4 of 4Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmore145458