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Reminiscence and participation – comments page

Reminiscences  have all been grouped together during a refurb. of the website. Comments I have received over recent months. If you have memories and reminiscences of lidos or baths please participate for others to share.  Indeed if you are able to answer any of the queries amongst these comments do please share with us! Any

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Features by Anne – a bit of extra book reading fact and fiction!

Features 1. Dive into Springboard and Highboard Diving for Water Babies! Springboard diving and more is described in a unique way. This light hearted little book or guide describes diving progression and the steps towards evolvement of a competition diver. It’s written in a basic informal intimate way at the same time imparting the basic knowledge so

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Reading Central Pool 1966 – to close. Home to Champions.

Roots of many aquatic champions       Reading Central Pool is a personal sporting home ground since the pool  was built in 1966.  There was a hiccup in year 2000 with threats to bulldoze,  but Reading Central Pool and  coaches were given 15 more years to continue nurturing champions.   There were odd closures for

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Cold Knap Lido – Barry 1926. It was their pool

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Cold Knap Lido was built as a tidal pool. It was a hive of activity during the 50s. Cold snap lido saw high numbers of people crowd the pool daily on Bank Holiday weekends.  It was patronised in abundance daily during the school holidays. The people of Barry considered it to be THEIR pool… The Lido

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Woodcock Street Baths – Birmingham 1860 onwards

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    Woodcock Street Baths were open by Alderman W.W. Saunders with the Lord Mayor Ald. Percival Bower presiding over the occasion.  These were Baths with the label “Outstanding Glory.” Woodcock Street Baths Gala Bath was packed.  The audience being entertained by a fine Water Gala. There was an exhibition of 440 yards pacing by

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Blackpool-South Shore Swimming Coliseum 1923

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    WOW ! Magnificent! THIS WONDERFUL STADIUM built at the Blackpool – South Shore Blackpool FEATURED: The Gracie Fields film “Sing As We Go” 1934.  Other visiting stars included Sir Harry Lauder in 1932;  Jayne Mansfield in 1959,  and all through times  interspersed with many International visitors.  “The most beautiful pool  I’ve ever seen”  remarked one

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Brighton – Black Rock Swimming Pool – 1936

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  Opened by the Mayor, Councillor Edward Denne, the Ceremony was not overtaken by the accompanying storm! Designed in beautiful art – deco style, the pool was built on the site of an ornamental garden. 165 feet by 60 feet it held 334,000 gallons of ozonised water. The people of Brighton were proud of their

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Bloemfontein Lido – 1923 Hammersmith Pride

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  Bloemfontein Lido  –  “The Pride of Hammersmith”  Adjacent to Wormholt Park the sleepy leafy Bloemfontein Road saw the opening of the Open-Air Baths by His Worship the Mayor of Hammersmith – Alderman Marshall Hays JP. 1923 The main entrance was centrally placed with dressing boxes placed to either side – females to the left

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Brighton Resort – Six Swimming Pools within half a mile

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Brighton Resort  – Six Swimming Pools within half a mile Brighton resort had the good fortune to be blessed with good swimming facilities at one time or another NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST! on sites within half a mile of each other. All listed on this page Starting with…  SS Swimming Stadium 1934 “The biggest indoor

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Brookvale Park Swimming Pool – Erdington 1909

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  Brookvale Park Swimming Pool and Historical Interest  The Brookvale Park swimming pool was fed by a small stream which had its source in the park… but rumors went round that it was fed by the River Rea and that belief persisted till it closed down in 1939…the River Rea was close by but it

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Cadbury Bourneville Lido – Rowheath from 1896

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  Cadbury Bournville Lido – Origin Cadbury Bournville Lido was provided and built by Messrs Cadbury. Messrs Cadbury were very keen on health and exercise for their workforce.  Right from the beginning they provided leisure facilities for their employees.  Also  a pavilion which served as the clubhouse.  In addition there were changing rooms for the

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Cannon Hill Park Pool – Birmingham – 1873 – 1939

    Cannon Hill Park The Lido within the park lies just across the road and over the River Rea Bridge from opposite the Edgbaston Cricket ground.  Just inside  there lay a lido within this beautiful park. The Park  containing the Lido opened in 1873. It was at the time there were very few open

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Cardiff – Empire Pool – 1958. Greatest International Venue

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  The Great Wales Empire Pool in Cardiff was built for the 1958 Empire Games. WHAT a pool! Host to the greatest International Swimming and Diving events during the duration of its life. This dream of a pool became reality by spring 1958. The pool 165 feet by 60 feet – 3 feet deep to

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Championship Bath – Blackpool Derby Baths – 1939

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The most famous of championship indoor swimming pools of its era in Europe.  An aquatic theatre hosting famous International Swimming events. These were International Diving,  Olympic, European and Commonwealth Trials events. Home to the annual Amateur Swimming Association Centralised Championships, Water Polo, and Synchronised Swimming Champs. Cheers of excitement, foot stamping, hand clapping and chanting were

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Chingford – Larkswood Pool – super lido

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    This lovely large Lido was open by The Minister of Health Sir Kingsley Wood in July 1936 This fine Lido is said to have held the record for the highest attendance in the history of UK Lidos with 290,000 bathers during the swimming months of 1959.  By 1965 over 3 million had attended.

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Chiswick Open Air Baths – Edensor Road – 1910

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The Baths were opened in Edensor Road 1910 Originally the baths were built to create work for the unemployed. There were two pools and were much loved. Many happy days were spent there – the picture demonstrates what Chiswick Baths represented. Freedom, family fun and healthy outdoor activity. Aren’t they happy here     Actress

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Clacton – the Swimming Pool at Butlins Holiday Camp 1938

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“Sleepy Shores” by Johnny Pearson was played at 07.00 …to rouse you for the day! Clacton was a very popular location for the camp site. It nurtured many of the stars today, and it was filled to capacity most years. Indeed most of the memories, videos and literature portrays slightly more than the other camps.

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Clacton-on-Sea Pier Pool – a feat over the sea 1932

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The WONDER Swimming Pool. An engineering feat, first of its kind in the world. The pool was built on the pier over the sea!     This wonder pool was opened by Mr P.J. Pybus – Minister of Transport. It was 160 ft. by 65 ft. 171 piles supported 315,000 gallons of water (2,000 tons)

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Sea Water Baths Cocker Street 1911 and Read’s 1880 – Blackpool

Sea Water Baths in Blackpool,   as far back as early 18th century,   were famously renowned for healthy remedial bathing. Sea Water  Baths Cocker Street,   in Victorian style,  started life under a Doctor Cocker.   He bottled sea water sending it all over the world for it’s health properties.  Bathers would come to his Baths hoping

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Coley Open Air Baths – Tilehurst Indoor Baths – Reading

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No photos of the County Borough Corporation Swimming Baths for Men. However the picture on the right could well have been taken at Coley due to the sluice gate ?wheel. These are the famous Winter Bathers of Reading in 1894 who’s age range spreads widely. The picture belongs to Mr George Pullens family. Mr Pullen

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Danson Park Lido – Welling – Bexley 1936. The People’s park

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Danson Park Lido was a lovely sparkling Lido built in the beautiful Park from which it takes it’s name. Danson Park was once the private estate belonging to Danson Hill, a mansion built between 1762-67 for wealthy merchant Sir John Boyd. The grounds were laid out at the same time, designed by Nathaniel Richmond in the

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Dawdon Colliery Pit Pool – Seaham 1945 National Diving Centre

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      Dawdon Colliery – Seaham’s National Diving Centre ” plays host to Britain’s future diving champions –  1956″ Dawdon Colliery was an amphitheatre set in the cold winds of the North East.  A sun trapped basin from which all bright new diving champions emerged. As well as hard work it provided fun, games

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Derby Former Twin Pools – one for men and one for ladies

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  One for Men and one for Ladies. Seeking more information.  Very interesting comments below.        

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Dive in you Water Babies! Book Feature for Children

Dive in you Water Babies!  Book  Feature for Children   Dive in children…it’s good fun whether you choose to learn diving in competitions for your club or even your country with the bits between! or whether you choose to learn diving for pure enjoyment or fun, what better challenging; amazing healthy past time can you

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Earls Court Exhibition Centre Pool – 1935

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Earls Court Exhibition Centre Pool was within a greater building.  Chairman Sir Ralph Glyn,  together with the Architect C. Howard Crane created this wonder venue. Earls Court has the luxury of a 60m x 30m giant swimming pool and was built in – 1935. One of the main requirements was that it included a giant

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Filey Butlins Pool within a holiday camp 1939

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Filey Butlins Pool was within Sir Billy’s 3rd site to be built. Work on the camp started 1939 and then was requisitioned during the war. It was opened and into business for “The Campers” shortly after the war. Remember “Sleepy Shores”? and lovely tribute movies at the end of this post. (on U tube but skip

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River Swimming and Diving at Freebody’s Lido Reading

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During the 50s/60s the family Freebody lived in the house on the banks of the river Thames in Caversham.  River swimming was shared between free body’s and causation’s Lidos.  Freebody’s  owned the boatyard and provided a “Lido.” The Lido provided many happy hours of enjoyment, swimming and diving. There was much “showing off” outdoing one

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Fulham Baths and Washouses – 1902. Charming architecture

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  Fulham Baths quote – “Looking out from the Superintendants Apartment one could see a vast array of skylights and roofs charmingley set off by a squat chimney. If one stands in the corridor on the southernmost side they enjoy a vast sweep of distance which is curious. we can understand why one official has

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Gala Baths – West Bromwich – originally 1874 and 1934

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    The original baths were destroyed by enemy action, and rebuilt as the Gala Baths which were completed in 1934. The baths was an opulent building. I was always fascinated by the boarded windows and iron railings adjacent to the entrance of the Gala Baths. This of course was the original bath bombed during

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Gladstone Park Open Air Swimming Pool – Dollis Hill – 1903

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  A very pleasant family picnic park and I originally thought the bowling green was once the site of the lovely lido nestling inside Gladstone Park. Opened by Lord Aberdeen the 18th July in 1903. I was kindly informed via this site that the bowling green was at the top of the hill and the

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Gorlesden – The Lido – 1939. The site of the old beach gardens

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The old beach gardens were a truly wonderful centre for relaxation and enjoyment then… they became a LIDO! 2000 people flocked to the Floral Hall for the Openiong Ceremony by Cartoonist Tom Webster. Following the proceedings, everyone flocked around the swimming pool to watch a swimming exhibition by the “Johnson Girls” under the direction of Mrs Blake,

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Granville Road Baths Kilburn – 1937 – Willesden

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author’s note: “Willesden’s First Indoor Baths Granville Road Baths Kilburn is proving a bit of a dark horse.” I’ve found what I can but there should be much more. Indeed it provided a very much required facility for the public and it was forecasted that it will prove very popular indeed. Mr F Wilkinson was

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Great Yarmouth Lido – 1922. Set in a once fishing village

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Great Yarmouth Lido saw the Mayor Alderman Knight divest himself of the pomp of office. He won a 35 yards swimming race against the Chairman of the Beach Committee Alderman Bayfield. This took place at inauguration of the new Swimming pool on Central Beach. Great Yarmouth Lido despite the rain, welcomed a crowd of 2,000

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Knowle – Greswolde Lido – 1936. A “super job” says film star

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  “A Super Job” said film Star – Jean Gillie who opened the pool with a gathering of many public figures and representatives.  It was a dull day weatherwise on the opening day in June 1936, but the beauty of the decorations, grassy banks, upper and lower terraces with masses of flowers, filled the day

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Grimley-on-Severn Lido – 1920s Sunday afternoon outing

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Grimley-on-Severn Lido in Worcestershire was a favourite haunt for many families. Great fun bathing, and camping in the farmers field. Drinks and refreshments were served from a “lean to” attached to 15th/16th century cottages. (Now The Wagon Wheel).   Grimley-on-Severn Lido was a must for a Sunday afternoon outing.  Lots of childhood memories.days of the

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Lime Grove Baths – Hammersmith 1907. Swimming & Boxing

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Lime Grove Baths had the  deep end sink to a depth of 8 feet to allow “high diving” from the four tiered diving stage. The walls were lined with glazed tiles and the bath was converted into a public hall during some times of the year often staging boxing matches Lime grove baths were opened

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Handsworth – Grove Lane Baths – 1907

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      An eighteenth century farmhouse was demolished when the Public Baths were built in 1907.  Opened 28th January 1907. The building included a 1st Class bath Swimming Pool 100 feet by 35 feet and 60 dressing rooms. There was also a 2nd Class Bath 100 feet by 30 feet.  There was an Eastern style

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Harlesden Open Air Lido – Craven Park – Brent – 1935

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For it’s day this lovely pool, gave the Gala of it’s life on Opening Day. A feast of current diving stars honoured this pool.Opened June 1st 1935 by Alderman W.A. Hill (JP) Mayor of Willesden along with 7 Alderpersons and 13 Councillors, plus the Town Clerk and Mr F Wilkinson the Borough Engineer & Surveyor.

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Hastings St Leonards Bathing Pool -1933. The finest

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Hastings St Leonards Bathing Pool was one of Britains Finest opened on May 27th 1933.  Sir Humphry Rolleston G.C.V.O. declared the pool open in front of 5,000 spectators.     The Bathing Pool saw over loaded buses making their way along the promenade to join in and enjoy this momentous occasion. Sunshine added the final

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Hastings White Rock Indoor Baths – 1876. Under the promenade.

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Hastings White Rock Baths –  Courtesy of East Sussex Reference Library.   Zoe Edwards Local Studies Librarian 2014 Hastings White Rock Baths had a peppered history.  This was due to continual refurbishment and change of use. This demonstrated  importance to the community,  and a somewhat very cherished epitome of the past. Hastings White Rock Baths

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Heene Road Baths – Worthing 1866

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Heene Road Baths the Worthing Corporaton Baths in fact started out as a gymnasium with a small water works that provided emergency supplies during the typhoid outbreak in 1893. Designed by Mr G.A. Dean it was in elaborate Gothic style, and in 1907 on the 15th June after reconstruction Sir Henry Aubrey- Fletcher M.P. opened

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Hampstead Highgate Ponds – the birth of a famous diving club

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    Hampstead Highgate Ponds was famous for its tall wooden diving stage.  This  set the scene ready for the divers.  It all started with a swimming and diving club in 1903 called the “Highgate Lifebouys” Highgate Ponds 1928 saw the formation of a famous diving club, which set the scene for future clubs. War

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Hornsey Lidos – Haringey 1907. A choice of four Lidos

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  Haringey Hornsey Lidos. – There were 4 open air pools in  the District which no longer exist. Alexandra Park Road, N22 the opening date debateable either 1875 0r 1907.     Muswell Hill Open Air Pool in Durnsford Road N22 which opened in 1934 and closed in 1988. The Sunshine Garden Centre now occupies the

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Horsham – Lido in the Park – 1941 Gloriously cold pool

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This pool was personal to me during the time I lived in Horsham. A gloriously cold pool! frequented by myself for four years.  Out of my front door, through the underpass under the main road North Street, and emerging into a lovely park straight to the Lido.   It was very well patronised. I remember

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Sutton Park Keepers Pool – Sutton Coldfield – 1897/1930

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  Sutton Park Keepers Pool – Sutton Coldfield – 1887/1930   A local personal haunt, Sutton Park’s Keepers Pool alongside it’s six neighbouring pools, was a man-made pool created in the 12th century, its main purpose to be practical in order to feed the local population with fish, and to drive the mills. I The

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Hove – King Alfred Baths 1936 – once HMS King Alfred

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Nearing completion in 1939, these new baths on the Esplanade replaced the SS Swimming Baths West Road “the biggest sea water baths ever ” in Brighton. The baths were immediately requisitioned by the Royal Navy and named H.M.S. King Alfred. The original H.M.S. King Alfred was a four funnelled cruiser of the Drake Class (armoured cruiser)

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Kent Street Baths – Birmingham 1851 and 1930

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The new baths occupied the site of the former and first public baths. The foundation stone was laid originally on 29th October 1849 and opened on 12th May 1851. Documents and gold coins were found under the stone and these were reburied upon building the new baths.  The original baths were well patronised during it’s

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Kingswinford-Wall Heath-Kingfisher Lido. 1933. A cool hotspot

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  Hotspot for families and have great childhood memories of learning to swim here. I enjoyed the fun of camping for weeks on end in the field which lay adjacent to this lovely lido.  (Top of picture) The following information has travelled from West Midlands to Adelaide – back to London and to me in

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Kingsbury Pool – Roe Green Park. – Wembley 1939

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The Opening 1939 saw display of floating and fancy swimming and diving took place, and the participants from Highgate Diving Club and Polytechnic Swimming Club were presented with Souvenirs by the Mayoress. During the afternoon music was provided by Eric Gordon and his Band together with the Wembley Silver Band. Wembley believed in progress –

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Kings Meadow Ladies Open-Air Baths-Reading 1902

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NEARLY LOST and UNDER THREAT – 2002. The Ladies Open Air Bath was built in 1902     Found just along the bank of the river on the Kings Meadow Recreational Field, Napier Road. The Ladies Riverside Bath opened in 1903 by the Mayoress Mrs Holland Bull on May 27th. The opening saw many high

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Lancaster-Samuel Gregson Baths-Cable Street 1863

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Lancaster Samuel Gregson Baths  were the first public baths to be presented to the City by M.P. Mr Samuel Gregson 1863. A unique mix and blend of architecture was illuminated at the front to present a very pretty picture the city of Lancaster had ever experienced. Quote, “ There had been no slavish adherence on the

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Latchmere Road Baths – Battersea 1899

  Latchmere Road Baths were opened in 1899. There was a spectacular opening event in 1889 featuring ‘Little Ada, the Wonderful Baby Swimmer’  and performances by Miss Ada Webb, world class champion diver and known as “Empress of the Sea” and “Queen of the Crystal Tank’.  Please see an article featuring Miss Ada Webb on

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Lowestoft – Denes Swimming Pool – 1921. Tents to cubicles

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The Mayor slid down the chute and duly opened the pool in July 1921!  The development of the “Denes” took place once the new sea wall had been built.  This was to protect the area from the elements.   The open air pool was unheated. It originally had tents for changing until cubicles were provided.

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Lowestoft – The Grand Old Indoor Baths

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    There are still quite a number of people in Lowestoft that look back to the days when the town had it’s own 1986 indoor swimming pool situated just a walk up from the beach and around the corner into London Road South.       The building had a chequered life. There was a

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Malvern Park Lido – Solihull -1954. A lunch hour getaway

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The Lido started its days as nothing more than a pond. It lay in the midst of the Malvern Hall Estate. The estate changed hands many times since 1660 up until 1931 when it came into posession of Solihull’s Rural District Council. It became Solihull High School for Girls, until the 1970s when it became

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Margate – The Lido – 1927.The Lively Lido. Next to Dreamland

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  This lively Lido was opened on June 18th 1927, by the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Hatfield. It was the perfect setting for Bathing Beauties and Miss Lovely Legs Contests. Also had a close affinity with Margate’s Dreamland.     This lovely semi-circular lido nestled at the foot of three terraces, consisting – a theatre, dance

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National Somerset Swimming Pool – Minehead -1936

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2000 people attended the opening of their magnificent bathing pool in June 1936 which would, in future,  have National recognition. Despite poor weather conditions and forecasts, the crowds were not deterred, and they were rewarded by a sudden weather change and a spectacular Gala. Sir Robert Horne Chairman of the Great Western Rail Company, (past

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Morecambe – Super Swimming Stadium 1936

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Morecambe – Super Swimming Stadium 1936 “Morecambes costliest yet most popular enterprise.” The £130,000 Swimming Pool was opened by Sir Joseph  (Josiah?) Stamp.  He was  President of the L.M.S  (London Midland and Scottsh Railway?? inset)  July 27th 1936. The pool remarkably took only 13 months to take shape.  The basin of the baths was in

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New Brighton – Wallasey – Merseyside Bathing Pool

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  BRITAIN’S GREATEST WATER STADIUM This wonderful pool was opened 13th June 1934 by RT. HON. VISCOUNT LEVERHULME The pool cost £102,40 to build and was said to express monolithic unity, with its bold and imposing effect of sweeping cantilevered projections.       The surrounds to the pool , and spectators seating area were

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Nine Elms Baths – Major Championship Bath – Battersea 1901

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Nine Elms Swimming Baths were in the Renaissance style of architecture,  plainly treated and had a frontage to Battersea Park Road of 137 ft and a depth to Cringle Street of 226 ft. It was built of stock brick with red-brick facings and Portland-stone dressings to the numerous mullioned windows. The plan was dominated by

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Okehampton Lido – Devon. Where is it? What’s happened?

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I spent a couple of hours helping a friend teach swimming at this pool during a brief visit 1980s.  It remains a mystery today? To add information.            

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Oulton Broad – Pool and Beccles Lido – 1873

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    A very popular lido and well patronised. Situated in the delightful Nicholas Everitt Park – an expanse of green situated beside Oulton Broad with a variety of habitats. Photo taken 1940     In the centre of the park is a traditional bandstand surrounded by visitor attractions.As well as once having the Oulton

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Plymouth Hoe – The Diving Stage and Pools

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The antics and fun was amazing from this specially built splendid diving stage. The swell of the sea, and rise of the tide were vital for the judgement of the dare devils of the time. Plymouth Hoe is so exciting and one is curious to hunt out the inlets and the rock formed tidal swimming

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Portobello Bathing Pool – Porty – Edinburgh 1936

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Portobello Bathing Pool.  The Wonder Swim Pool – No. 1 Sporting Stadium was opened by Lord Provost Louis S. Gumley on 30th May 1936.  Portobello Bathing Pool saw despite poor weather 10,000 people who were testimony to the spectacle.   Quoted from the The Scotsman June 1st 19 36. “….The Lord Provost did not think

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Purley Way Pool – Ozone Seaside 1935

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  This famous Purley ozone pool was opened by His Worship the Mayor, Alderman J. Trumble J.P. Saturday 20th July 1935 at 3.00pm. U.S.A. Olympic Diving Champions Messrs. Pete Desjardins and Harold “Dutch” Smith gave a diving display to stun and thrill the crowds.                      

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Putney – William Bishop Baths / Cromwell Hall – 1886

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    Putney Baths opened 1886 These Baths had an interesting life starting out as privately owned, and many changes of use. Survived as swimming Baths for 18 years until 1914 Info. extracted from Wandsworth Historian No 47 1986 Information gleaned from William Bishop and the Putney Baths by Peter Thomas The story was that back

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Pwllheli – Butlins – North Wales – 1947

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Pwllheli – Butlins – North Wales – 1947 Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh has a tour of Butlins 1963 see Bygone Butlins Click image to enlarge   Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited in 1963 The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme was very popular here. We thank Sir Billy Butlin for

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Ramsgate Marina Bathing Pool -1935 – Landmarking History in Thanet

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It was one of the biggest attractions in Thanet during the holiday weekend. “Tomorrow 21st July 1935 will see another landmark in the history of Ramsgate.  It is the official opening of the Marina Bathing Pool and Cafes by His Worship the Mayor Alderman Dye.” The Mayors opening words were the signal for a mass

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Reading – Spring Gardens + South Street Baths

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Imagine it filled with water today, providing healthy swimming recreation! The following notice appeared: “SPRING GARDENS RESERVOIR will be opened as a temporary Swimming Bath on Saturday May 20th 1893.” The surround has heavy white engineered sloping tiles. The Reservoir was used whilst awaiting the  reopening of the Imperial Baths – Thermal Spa in South

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Smethwick – Rolfe Street Baths – 1888 – Birmingham

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          Opened in 1888 it was a majestic tall building standing out from the small houses and unimpressive work buildings in a street of the industrial Black Country Smethwick Rolfe Street Baths were the first public Baths in Smethwick.   They were situated at the top end of Rolfe Street next to the

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Scarborough Lidos – South and North Shore – 1914

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  Scarborough Lidos gradually evolved as “bits” were added over time.  Often victim to wild weather Scarborough South Shore Bathing Pool construction began in 1914 with pillars, changing rooms, fountain, tiles and windows being added in 1930.  It was very popular for the school swimming galas during the 70’s An anonymous contributor posted this. Transferred to

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Croydon Scarbrook Road Baths – Outdoor Indoor – 1909

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Croydon Scarbrook Road Baths – Inside Outside! Picture below below is taken from “Britain from Above” (ref EPW056623).  It is a reverse picture of above.  The outdoor pool nestles between the two roof lines on the above 1970 picture.  The main entrance 1970 picture is in fact the rear building on this picture.  (The chimney

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Scours Lane – River Lido – Reading. A hot spot for swimmers

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Quote from  Mrs Colleen Thatcher…  “The Lido was near the boat house west end of the Thames. The river was cordoned off with pieces of wood about about 30 feet long and 1 foot square.    They were chained together for the length out into the river and again to the posts which were about

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Shirley Lido – nr Solihull 1936. A short life of two years

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A surprise lido, situated in Sansome Road/off Haslucks Green Road near Shirley Station. The Lido was discovered by accident, on a “walk about” in Shirley. The Lido had a very short life of only 2 years.   The opening of Shirley Lido due on June 6th 1936 had been delayed a week. Damage was caused

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Slough Montem Lido 1934 (aka the Baylis Lido 1965)

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  Slough Montem Lido would be a “seaside rendezvous” for hundreds of children and save the long journeys to Windsor. Slough – Montem ( to become Baylis) Lido August 1934.  A Kiddies Paradise! judging by the enthusiasm displayed by the youthful bathers at the opening of the Montem Lido. Constructed on the Montem Pleasure ground.

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Slough – Baylis Lido 1965 – finding lidos

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Slough Baylis Lido nestled in parkland,   and both were an oasis amongst surrounding industry. Slough Baylis Lido had a windy day with leaden skies to greet it on the first opening.  The weather didn’t deter a least a 100 children clammering at the turn stile to rush in.   They were eager for their first sample

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Slough – The Community Pool – 1937. Star quality

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Slough Community Pool would be proud to have His Majesty King George V and her Majesty Queen Mary attend the opening. A pool was born into the town Community, which would possess some spectacular delights, and would one day generate many future champions. From day one, the facility hit the headlines. The first Baths Manager

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Southampton Central Baths – 1962. Built on reclaimed land

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Any swimmer, diver, spectator on entering these fine swimming baths would have been in their own wonderland. They would have been faced with a fantastic giant “aquarium” containing human forms ducking , diving and splashing down through the water from the 10 metres high diving platform. Built on reclaimed land the finely built swimming baths

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Southampton Lido – Esplanade -1891. Became an inland Pool

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Southampton Lido, built on the Western Esplanade, didn’t have tiles on its pool bottom but… pebbles! It was served then by unpolluted Southampton waters of the River Test.  In its day right up to the 1930’s it was said to be one of the biggest and finest in the country.   The Southampton Lido had

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Southend – on – sea Open Air Lido. Westcliffe end.

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    Very much missed. It looks sunken beneath promenade level. Researching…    

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Southport Bathing Lake – 1928. Lido of the North

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  Southport Bathing Lake was the wonderful Lido of the North.  It replaced the pool built on the north side of the Marine Drive.   Southport Bathing Lake was  the scene of wonderful Beauty Pageants.  One could only find standing room.  The first bathing pool in 1914 was inadequate regarding the water purification.  Also it

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Stourton – Stewponey Lido – 1938. A famous Blackcountry Lido

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One of the most famous pools in the Black Country was the Stewponey Lido, Stourton. Situated on the Stourbridge Road. It belonged to the Stewponey and Foley Arms Hotel which was visited by hundreds of people every year for almost three decades. It was provided for the people of Stourton and Kinver and provided a

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Sudbury Vale Farm Lido – 1932 A family treasure

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  Families treasured the wide open spaces around. There were playing fields a stones throw away. As well as while away time with fun, and excitement, it was valued as a great asset in many ways. Many children must be filled with memories of learning to swim in this delightful lido. They must remember splashing around wildly

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Surbiton Lagoon-1934. A showpiece of its time

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  New Lagoon Takes the Plunge.  When is a swimming bath not a swimming bath? “When it’s a Lagoon!” A large gathering joined in the celebrations in May 1934 as Mr H.S. Durbin JP performed the opening. The Lagoon had in fact been open since April!   Following the speeches, children from local schools jumped in and

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Swimming Times – Memory Lane back to my childhood

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Swimming Times – Memory Lane back to my childhood Swimming Times Extract – Swimming and diving former champion Anne Green Jessel recalls her eventful life in the pool and on the boards.  “I was born into a swimming family, the last girl to arrive, my older sisters eight, 14 and 16 years away from me.

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Swindon-Coate Water- Reservoir 1935

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Originally built as a reservoir by the Wilts and Berks Canal Company, mammoth crowds flocked to Swindon’s “Lido” opening. The remarkable structure became a great asset, attracting important diving events. National Diver Miss Cicely Cousens gave a demonstration of “fancy” diving and was followed with exhibitions from Les and Bram Tomkins, S.A. Nash and F.Scott.

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Tamworth Bathing Pool – 1939. In the Castle Grounds

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  Tamworth open air bathing pool laid within the beautiful Tamworth Castle Pleasure Grounds. The pool replaced the Victorian indoor baths in Church Street. I remember the hot summer days when my father drove me to this pool for competition training and the events.     Midland District Diving Championships were held here and I

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The Bath Tub – West Heath – Birmingham 1937

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The Bath Tub – West Heath – Birmingham 1937 THE BATH TUB, was a lovely oval pool in West Heath, opened July 1st 1937 at 09.00. Thousands of people were lining the roads between Kings Norton and West Heath and it was estimated that in Alvechurch Road there was some estimated 20,000 people, packed and

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Trentham Gardens Lido – A Watery Oasis in the Park

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  Trentham Gardens Lido looks a lovely pool to research.  

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Tynemouth – Outdoor Lido on the Beach – 1925

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  The Lido on the Beach! Researching ……. See Grand Opening below!         Watch the Grand Opening . Many dignitaries were in attendance.   Short video – thanks and courtesy of Frank Gillings (see acknowledgements) UPDATE on Facebook  “A message about Aims and Goals  – on behalf of Dave Harland We set

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Wandsworth Public Baths – High Street – 1900

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     Wandsworth Public Baths and Washouses Acts were adopted by the Vestry of the Parish of Wandsworth on the 26th November 1897.   The foundation stone was laid in St James Yard, HighStreet by the Right Honourable A.J.Newton, Bart, – Lord Mayor of London on 6th October 1900. Wandsworth Baths made rapid progress  in

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Warrington Baths – Legh Street – 1851 – 2003.

 Warrington Baths had no less than four pools. Laid abandoned since 2003 – demolished 2011   A great informative story here!  found on “My Warrington” created by –  Gordon I Gandy             Information to “My Warrington” provided by PHIL DELAHUNTY for his memories and technical information on the pools. Phil Delahunty had

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Weston-Super-Mare-Lido-1937

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  A beautiful art deco pool opened in 1937 situated on the edge of the sea. It was a vast pool, graduating from beach depth (paddling) to 15 ft under the diving stage.   Weston-Super-Mare Lido was famous for it’s diving stage.   It  was a main feature of the pool and very much part

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Wembley Empire Pool – of Empire and Olympic Fame – 1933

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Olympic Games “Citius, Altius, Fortius” Quicker, Higher, more Strongly The Pride and Joy of the Country, was this fine and largest indoor pool in the world. It was built during 1933, and was ready for the Empire Games in 1934. The National events were held in 1936 followed by the European Championships in 1938.  Wembley

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Wembley-White City-1908. The Great Olympic Games

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  The great 1908 Olympic Games in White City London were held in the gigantic stadium seating 367,000 people. Lord Desborough overlooked the construction of this mighty stadium set within forty acres of open space. The mammoth stadium emulated the Pantheonaic Stadium built on the banks of the Illissus in Athens three hundred years before

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Willesden – King Edwards Pool VII – 1911+ Indoor pool 1966

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“Where everyone goes on a Sunday!” Set in King Edward VII recreation ground, this pool was opened to the delight of Willesden residents in 1911.  It was architectually appealing with lots of timber construction.  It was built similarly to some pools of this era such as Gladstone Park The swimming pool was 55 yards x

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Wokingham – Martins Pool – 1920. All roads led to here

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Back in the 1920s Mr Martin opened his private pool to the public. He realised even then, that Wokingham was desperately short of recreational facilities. The Wokingham people were indebted for evermore to this kind considerate gentleman  He looked on the swimmers and sunbathers as his big family. An Accolade For 11 years  “Martins” won the

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Worthing – The Lido – 1959. Formerly a famous Bandstand

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There were all smiles and excitement as Gold Olympic Medallist Miss Judy Grinham opened the new Lido Centre in May 1959 with Miss Angela Barnwell Worthings own Olympic Swimmer The unheated salt water Lido attracted 8,613 people in the first two weeks of opening. Dimensions of the pool were 100ft x 42ft wide with depth of water

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