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The Opening of the New Brighton Bathing Pool

The Opening of the New Brighton Water Stadium. Click on Pathe clip.

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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.

 

Comeroration of the Opening

Commemoration of the Opening Click image to enlarge

 

 

The surrounds to the pool , and spectators seating area were paved with green granite and coloured cement.

There was music played by day, and underwater lighting for evening bathing. Spectacular aqua shows, with coloured floodlighting drew the crowds. 

 

 

Cafe and Restaurant behind the Fountain

Cafe and Restaurant behind the Fountain Click image to enlarge

 

 

There were two cafe/restaurants. One at ground level being a large room with wood block floors, having two double door openings leading onto terraces overlooking the pool.

 

 

Imagine dining here during the heyday

Imagine dining here during the heyday Magical summer evenings after a bathe under floodlighting Click image to enlarge

 

 

The upstairs cafe is approached by raised terraces, of modern design, embodying balconies and canopies cantilevered from the main walls. There was a committee room leading to a large balcony overlooking the deep end and competition areas of the pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imposing Entrance

Imposing Entrance Click image to enlarge

 

 

The buildings were constructed at promenade level and possessed an imposing entrance. 

 

 

 

 

 

Diving stage and admin. blocks

Diving stage and admin. blocks Click image to enlarge

Hours of opening were 7am. to 8 pm (or 9 pm) and cost 6d during the week and 1/- at weekends. One could hire turkish towels, ordinary towels, a costume and deck chair all for 10d. For spectators it cost the sum of 2d. Built out onto the sands with a southerly aspect, the pool and buildings occupied over 5 acres.

 

 

Come to New Brighton

Come to New Brighton

 

 

This magnificent and attractive Bathing Pool drew no less than 100,000 people within a week of the opening. Over a million people passed through the turnstiles during the first 15 week season.

 

 

OUTCOME: This beautiful pool was ravaged by storms in 1990, and despite much opposition, the bathing pool was demolished.

 

The Great Water Stadium - New Brighton

The Great Water Stadium – New Brighton Click image to enlarge

 

Plenty of attractions at the Water Stadium

Plenty of attractions at the Water Stadium Click image to enlarge

 

2004 –  an open green field lies stripped of what once stood there. A Plaque and pictures in memorium is mounted along the promenade in front of the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was - what is

What was – what is

 

 

Nothing remains on the site, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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