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

Blue faded waters

Malvern Park Lido - image

Blue sparkling waters now faded into history

“Taking you back into history of how the Lost Lidos used to be “
My Tribute

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!

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

These ** indicate inclusion of mini Pathe Clips
My Tribute

Most Recent – Howstrake Swimming Pool – Isle of Man
(in progress)

Barry 1926 – The Cold Knap
Battersea – Latchmere Road Baths – 1899
Battersea – Nine Elms Baths  – 1901
Birmingham –  Woodcock Street – 1860 onwards
Birmingham Cadbury Bournville Lido/Baths – Rowheath from 1896 **
Birmingham – Cannon Hill Park Pool – 1873
Birmingham – Erdington – Brookvale Park – 1909
Birmingham – Kent Street Baths – 1851
Birmingham – West Heath- The Bath Tub – 1937
Blackpool – The Derby Baths **
Blackpool – Cocker Street Baths – 1911 and Read Baths – 1880
Blackpool – South Shore Swimming Coliseum – 1923 **
Brent – Harlesden Swimming Pool – Craven Park – 1935
Brent – Gladstone Park – Dollis Hill – 1923
Brighton Resort – Six Swimming Pools within half a mile

Brighton – Black Rock Swimming Pool – 1936 **
Brighton Hove – King Alfred Baths 1936

Chingford – Larkswood Pool –
Chiswick Baths – 1910
Clacton – Butlins 1938**
Clacton – on – Sea Pier Pool – 1932**
Croydon Ozone Purley Way Pool – Inland Seaside 1935
Croydon Scarbrook Road Baths – Outdoor Indoor – 1909

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

Earls Court Exhibition Centre Pool – 1935
Edinburgh Portobello Bathing Pool 1936 **   more beneath the picture…

Lost Lidos fan Neil Henderson found this in Croydon Museum! ++ My first attempt at a website for my scrapbooked research in late 1990s Fancy being found in a museum! 

Filey Butlins Pool within a holiday camp 1939

Great Yarmouth Lido – 1922. Set in a once fishing village
Grimley-on-Severn Lido – 1920s –  Sunday afternoon outing

Hammersmith Bloemfontein Lido – 1923 *
Hammersmith Fulham Baths and Washouses – 1902
Hammersmith – Lime Grove Baths 1907. Swimming & Boxing
Hampstead Heath. Highgate Ponds **
Haringey – Hornsey Lidos 1907 **Hastings – St Leonards Bathing Pool -1933**
Hastings White Rock Indoor Baths – 1876. Under the promenade **
Horsham – Lido in the Park – 1941 Gloriously cold pool

Isle of Man – Howstrake Holiday Camp

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

Lancaster-Samuel Gregson Baths Cable St.
Lowestoft Gorleston Lido – 1939
Lowestoft – The Grand Old Indoor Baths
Lowestoft – Denes Swimming Pool – 1921. Tents for cubicles

Margate – The Lido – 1927 **
Minehead Bathing Pool – 1936 **
Morecambe – Super Swimming Stadium 1936 **

Okehampton Lido – Devon. Where is it? What’s happened?
Oulton Broad – Pool – & Beccles Lido **

Plymouth Hoe – The Diving Stage & Pools
Putney – William Bishop Baths / Cromwell Hall – 1886
Pwlhelli – Butlins – North Wales

Ramsgate Marina Bathing Pool -1935
Reading – Arthur Hill Memorial Baths – 1902
Reading Central Pool 1966 – to close. Home to Champions.
Reading Coley Baths-Tilehurst Rd Baths
Reading Kings Meadow Ladies Open-Air Baths -1902
Reading Freebody’s & Cawston River Lidos
Reading Scours Lane – River Lido
Reading – Spring Gardens & South St. Baths – 1820

Sandswell Handsworth – Grove Lane Baths – 1907
Sandwell Smethwick – Rolfe Street Baths – 1888
Sandwell West Bromwich Gala Baths – 1874
Scarborough – South and North Shore Lidos – 1914 **
Seaham – Dawdon Colliery Pit Pool – 1945 National Diving Centre
Slough – Baylis Lido 1965 – finding lidos
Slough Montem Lido 1934 (aka the Baylis Lido 1965)
Slough – The Community Pool – 1937. Star quality
Solihull-Knowle – Greswolde Lido – 1936
Solihull – Malvern Park Lido – 1954
Solihull – Shirley Lido – 1936
Southampton Lido – the Esplanade 1891
Southampton Central Baths – 1962. Built on reclaimed land
Southend – on – sea  Lido
Southport Bathing Lake – 1928 **
Stourton – Stewponey Lido – 1938. A famous Blackcountry Lido
Surbiton Lagoon-1934. A showpiece of its time
Sutton Park Keepers Pool – Sutton Coldfield – 1897/1930
Swindon-Coate Water- Reservoir 1935

Tamworth Bathing Pool – 1939 **
Trentham Gardens Lido – A Watery Oasis in the Park
Twickenham Lido 1935
Tynemouth – Outdoor Lido – 1925 **

Wales Empire Pool Cardiff – 1958 **
Wales Barry – The Cold Knap Lido – 1926
Wallasey – New Brighton Bathing Pool **
Wandsworth Public Baths – High Street – 1900
Warrington Baths – Legh Street – 1851 – 2003.
Welling Bexley Danson Park Lido – 1936
Willesden – King Edwards Pool VII – 1911+ Indoor pool 1966
Willesden Granville Road Baths – 1937
Wokingham – Martins Pool – 1920. All roads led to here
Wembley Empire Pool – of Empire and Olympic Fame – 1933 **
Wembley-White City-1908. The Great Olympic Games
Wembley Kingsbury Pool – Roe Green Park
Wembley Sudbury Vale Farm Lido – 1932
Worthing – Heene Road Baths – 1866
Worthing – The Lido – 1959. Formerly a famous Bandstand

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

Finding Lidos - image

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. 

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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