Plymouth Hoe – The Diving Stage and Pools
The antics and fun was amazing from this specially built splendid diving stage.
Plymouth Hoe and its’ 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 pools. It is so interestingly
High terraces, natural pools into the rocks, cascades, and eventually the diving stage.
New bathing houses were erected in 1913 and were formally opened by the Mayor of Plymouth Mr J.W.S. Godding J.P. on the 16th August.
A later stage of higher terraces, bathing houses a bridge and new dressing rooms were developed by 1930.
Swimming Clubs were founded here and even today there is a special area for naturist bathing. The tidal naturally formed smooth flat bottomed rock pools, different shapes and sizes, some shallow and some deep provides the facility for children, novice swimmers or sea swimmer to have fun and floating exercise.
A little along the rocky coastline the less adventuresome used the
Lido. This was the result of a third and fourth stage project resulting in the semi circular pool called Tinside Lido, which was erected and opened in 1932. Later… the semi circle was enlarged to 180 feet in 1935, and necessitated a further opening!
The final opening was performed by Alderman R.R. Oke, and much festivity went into progress including all the swimming clubs from around. Floodlit bathing was soon introduced following this opening.
For many years it was well patronised and was home to the local swimming clubs including the Tinside Club. It became doomed by the climate change and the enticing cheap guaranteed warm holidays abroad.
It fell into disuse in 1980. Campaigners fought to save the Lido and an English Heritage Grade II listing was successfully applied for.
OUTCOME: In 2005 Tinside Lido was reborn when it reopened. It was “semi lost” for a period and only qualified for this website then! However I could not resist including the feature image of the Lido, and the one below awaiting the filling of glistening sparkling water once again!
The same can’t be said about the Diving Boards. Todays health and safely rules demonstrations of undisciplined and hazardous use of the boards are zero tolerance. They have now been removed and are no longer a landmark in the Hoe.
Ed’s note: National ASA ruling – All lidos or swimming baths with depths less than 12 feet were to have all diving boards removed. This was undertaken during the 1990s.
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