From the roof of the building you can see lots of the beautiful detail, but also how much the building has been neglected. Damage to the roof means that water often leaks into the building when it rains. This is made worse by theives climbing onto the roof to steal lead which they they sell on to make money. The lead has now been replaced to try and stop this.
The turrets that you can see from the front of the building are for ventilation. These took the steam from the washing baths out of the building to stop condensation building up inside – much the same as opening a window after having a bath or shower.
During World War Two an ‘Incendiary Bomb’ landed on the roof above Pool 2. The German Air Force, called the ‘Luftwaffe’ bombed many places in Birmingham during ‘The Blitz’. They wanted to target factories that were making weapons, but many other places were also hit, including many homes in Balsall Heath and the Parish Church of St Pauls. Incendiary bombs were designed to start fires on roofs and could cause a lot of damage. Fortunately the damage done at Moseley Road Baths was not too bad. It cost £5 to repair the roof, which was still a lot of money at the time.