New lease of life for ex-miners’ bath house

Helen Grierson has moved in to the Old Miners' Bath House.
Helen Grierson has moved in to the Old Miners' Bath House.

A former miners’ bath house, which has sat empty and was falling into disrepair, has reopened as a hub for artists.

The iconic red-bricked building in North Broomhill was built in the late 1950s for pit men and their families to shower in.

However, over the years, the structure was used less and less, eventually becoming derelict.

But now, after being privately bought, the building has been given a new lease of life.

Artists are now taking up residence, with the aim of developing the site into a hub for creativity and local products.

A print-maker, sculptor, sign writer, carpenter and glass artist have already moved in.

As part of this, Helen Grierson’s Glass Studio – previously based in Felton – was officially opened at the venue on Saturday.

Red Row blacksmith Stephen Lunn did the honours, while Credence Brewing, from Amble, supplied the craft ale, The Running Fox, at Felton, supplied the cake, Mivesi Indian Restaurant, in Alnwick, served up street food, and Cliff Blakey provided the music.

Helen is delighted to have moved into the venue and believes the transformed former bath house will prove popular.

She said: “I didn’t know Broomhill had a building that was originally a miners’ wash/bath house.

“The building had stood empty for years, but it was exactly what I was looking for and provides me with four times the space of my studio in Felton.

“This promises to be the start of something very worthwhile, both for the local community and visitors to Northumberland.”