Diving stage and admin. blocks

New Brighton Bathing Pool – Wallasey – Merseyside 1934

The Opening of the New Brighton Bathing Pool

New Brighton Bathing Pool Opening. Click on Pathe clip. Courtesy of British Pathe. Jack Cullen 2010


New Brighton Bathing Pool – Britains greatest water stadium

New Brighton Bathing Pool was a wonderful  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.

New Brighton Bathing Pool - Comemmoration of the Opening - image

Commemoration of the Opening Wallasey Central Library 2003 Jennifer Done and J Cooper 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. 

New Brighton Bathing Pool Cafe and Restaurant behind the Fountain

Cafe and Restaurant behind the Fountain. Wallasey Central Library 2003 Jennifer Done and J Cooper  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.

New Brighton Bathing Pool. Imagine dining here during the heyday - image

Imagine dining here during the heyday Magical summer evenings after a bathe under floodlighting. Wallasey Central Library 2003 Jennifer Done and J Cooper    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.

New Brighton Bathing Pool with Imposing Entrance - image

Imposing entrance. Wallasey Central Library 2003 Jennifer Done and J Cooper  Click image to enlarge

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

New Brighton Bathing Pool Diving stage and admin. blocks - image

Diving stage and admin. blocks.  Wallasey Central Library 2003 Jennifer Done and J Cooper 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.

New Brighton Bathing Pool railway poster. - image

Come to New Brighton. Railway Poster

 

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.

New Brighton Bathing Pool - The Great Water Stadium - image

The Great Water Stadium – New Brighton.   Wallasey Central Library 2003.  Jennifer Done and J Cooper Click image to enlarge

 

New Brighton Bathing Pool - Plenty of attractions at the Water Stadium - image

Plenty of attractions at the Water Stadium . Courtesy of Swimming Times 1948  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.

New Brighton Bathing Pool - What was - what is - image

What was – what is

 

 

 

Nothing remains on the site.  Its hard to think this pool is a memory of the past.

Did anyone swim here 28 or more years ago ?

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