Blue Sparkling Waters now faded into history – resurrecting the Lost Lidos

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Colchester Lido agj.  Blue sparkling waters now gone.     Picture top: Lancaster County Library 1994. By clicking pictures leads you to the pages

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Once Blue but now faded waters

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My Tribute – hover over the menu titles above for more pages

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‘Below takes you back into history of how the Lost Lidos used to be ‘

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Scanning the list A-Z below may find any Lido you may recognise or your favourite, and resurrect some remarkable memories and reminiscences! These “jewels in the sun” or so it seemed, were at the time a paradise for many families, and for many, to take a dip into the blue sparkling waters – or floodlit waters – for a romantic rendezvous, most likely lasting for life!

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I hope you find your way around these once
blue sparkling waters!
A few tips
New additions are the latest, plus pooling news on what’s happening/ed. If you can’t spot your lido or baths, then please navigate to the important

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These ** indicate inclusion of mini Pathe Clips
My Tribute


 Arthur Hill Memorial Baths – 1902 – Reading

Bath Tub – 1937 –  West Heath – Birmingham
Black Rock Swimming Pool – 1936 – Hove – Brighton**
Bloemfontain Lido – 1923 – Hammersmith **
Cadbury Bournville Lido/Baths – Rowheath from 1896Birmingham **
Cannon Hill Park Pool – 1873 – Birmingham
Chiswick Baths – 1910
Clacton – within a holiday camp 1938 – Butlins **
Clacton – on – Sea Pier Pool – 1932
Coate Water- Reservoir 1935 – Swindon
Cocker Street Baths – 1911 and Read Baths – 1880Blackpool
Colchester Lido**
Cold Knap – 1926  –
Coley Baths-Tilehurst Rd BathsReading

Danson Park Lido – 1936Welling –  Bexley
Dawdon Colliery Pit Pool – 1945 National Diving Centre – Seaham
Denes Swimming Pool – 1921. Tents for cubicles – Lowestoft
Derby Baths – National Championship Baths – Blackpool**
Derby Pools Former Twin Pools – one for men and one for ladies

EarlsCourt Exhibition Centre Pool – 1935
Empire Pool Cardiff – 1958 – Wales **
Empire Pool – of Empire and Olympic Fame – 1933 – Wembley **
Erdington – Brookvale Park – 1909 – Birmingham

Filey Pool – within a holiday camp 1939 – Butlins**
Freebody’s & Cawston River Lidos – Reading
Fulham Baths and Washouses – 1902 –Hammersmith

Gala Baths – 1874 – West Bromwich – Sandwell
Gladstone Park – Dollis Hill – 1923 –
Gorlesden Lido – 1939 – Lowestoft
Granville Road Baths – 1937 – Willesden
Great Yarmouth Lido – 1922. Set in a once fishing village
Grimley-on-Severn Lido – 1920s –  Sunday afternoon outing
Grove Lane Baths – 1907 – Handsworth – Sandwell

Harlesden Swimming Pool – Craven Park – 1935 – Brent
Heene Road Baths – 1866 – Worthing
Highgate PondsHampstead Heath. **
Hornsey Lidos 1907 – Haringey – **
Horsham – Lido in the Park – 1941 Gloriously cold pool

Isle of Man – Howstrake Holiday Camp

Kent Street Baths – 1851 –Birmingham
Keepers Pool – Sutton Park 1897/1930 – Sutton Coldfield
King Alfred Baths 1936 – Hove – Brighton
King Edwards Pool VII – 1911 + Indoor pool 1966 – Willesden
Kingfisher Lido. 1933 A cool hotspot – Wall Heath – Kingswinford
Kingsbury Pool – Roe Green Park – Wembley
Kings Meadow Ladies Open-Air Baths -1902 – Reading
Knowle – Greswolde Lido – 1936Solihull

Larkswood Pool – 1936 – Chingford
Latchmere Road Baths – 1899 – Battersea
Legh Street Baths – 1851 – 2003 – Warrington
Lime Grove Baths 1907. Swimming & Boxing – Hammersmith

Malvern Park Lido – 1954 – Solihull
Margate – The Lively Lido – 1927 **
Martins Pool – 1920. All roads led to here – Wokingham
Minehead Bathing Pool – 1936 **
Morecambe – Super Swimming Stadium 1936 **

New Brighton Bathing Pool – Wallasey**
Nine Elms Baths  – 1901 – Battersea

Okehampton Lido – in progress – Devon
Oulton Broad Pool & Beccles Lido **

Plymouth Hoe – The Diving Stage & Pools
Portobello ‘Porty’ Bathing Pool 1936 – Edinburgh **
Purley Way Pool – Ozone Seaside 1935 – Croydon
Putney Baths – William Bishop Baths / Cromwell Hall – 1886
Pwlhelli  Pool – within a holiday camp – North Wales – Butlins

Ramsgate Marina Bathing Pool -1935
Reading Central Pool 1966 – to close. Home to Champions.
Rolfe Street Baths – 1888 – Smethwick – Sandwell

Samuel Gregson Baths –  Cable St – 19….Lancaster
Scarbrook Road Baths – Outdoor Indoor – 1909 – Croydon
Scours Lane – River Lido – Reading
Shirley Lido – 1936 –Solihull
Slough – Baylis Lido 1965

Slough Montem Lido 1934 (aka the Baylis Lido 1965)
Slough – The Community Pool – 1937. Star quality
South Shore Swimming Coliseum – 1923 –
South and North Shore Lidos – 1914 – Scarborough **
Southampton Lido – the Esplanade 1891
Southampton Central Baths – 1962. Built on reclaimed land
Southend–on–sea  Lido
Southport Bathing Lake – 1928**
Spring Gardens & South St. Baths – 1820
Stewponey Lido – 1938. A famous Blackcountry Lido – Stourton
St Leonards Bathing Pool -1933 – Hastings – **
Surbiton Lagoon-1934. A showpiece of its time

Tamworth Bathing Pool – 1939 **
The Grand Old Indoor Baths – 18…..
Trentham Gardens Lido – A Watery Oasis in the Park
Twickenham Lido 1935
Tynemouth – Outdoor Lido – 1925**

Vale Farm Lido – Sudbury – 1932 

Wandsworth Public Baths – High Street – 1900

White Rock Indoor Baths – 1876. Under the promenadeHastings **
White City – 1908. The Great Olympic Games – Wembley – London
Woodcock Street – 1860 onwards – Birmingham
Worthing – The Lido – 1959 –  Formerly a famous Bandstand

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Lost Lidos member Neil Henderson found this in Croydon Museum! during his research.VERY first attempts at a website

Finding Lidos

Why my passion and Lido Fever

I started reminiscing and compiling  in the early 90s. Thus there are older dates on the acknowledgements page

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Born into a swimming family, the competitive side of swimming and diving in various pools was enjoyed. I remember with much affection the wonderful visits with my parents around the blue sparkling waters of  the seaside lidos, and having such fun with much happiness.
As time wore on realisation dawned that some of these favourite swimming and splashing haunts were slowly disappearing, and there was much nostalgia discovering this. Comfort was added to these feelings by going around physically, and carrying out research.  This was stretched from the old days to present day and exercised an acute sense of curiousity. PCs and the internet were not the common “must have” necessity of the day then.
Thanks to my…more

About Author
Recently received a Reading Lifetime Achievement Award. Mainly for the sport of diving competitively, and years of coaching through to International,  and getting it “all going” in Reading; plus writing on “Lost Lidos” and…campaigning for the Kings Meadow Baths, now Thames Lido. I enjoy giving talks on Lost Lidos. My most recent at Thames Lido for the Reading Civic Society.  See above haha –  bring it on! Due to give talk about a Noble Road in my home town this coming month.  Not a drop of water or springboard in sight. 
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Love my family, (all water babies), my Maltese pooch. I like writing about my passions which includes Lost Lidos, the Sport of Board Diving, Heritage, learning to play Boogie, and now having a go at some fiction writing for two “big” special boys


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