The Traie Meanagh (‘Middle Bay’ in Manx) Swimming Baths opened in June 1899 and were unusual in that they permitted mixed bathing, and this was still a selling point in the 1930’s, when the price for towel, dressing room and attendant was sixpence.
“Fresh, Pure and Bracing Salt Water Bathing
THIS SWIMMING POOL lies in one of the sunniest and most sheltered creeks…
DIVING BOARDS at 1, 3 and 5 metres
WATER CHUTES, etc.”
The water in the Baths was supplied by a Tangye’s engine which supplied 520 tons of sea water per minute and enabled the water to refreshed daily.
As recently as the 1960s, the baths were packed with spectators and swimmers. Galas were held every Wednesday afternoon, with speed swimming events, beauty competitions, high diving, greasy pole, balloon races, egg and spoon, and umbrella swimming.
The Baths closed in 1981 and then converted into a fish farm as a part of the Marine Biological Station, which has been closed since 1990.