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Lost Lidos Search is a hub and what YOU have “searched for” using the search box.  If they are not featured on my website,  I have referenced information.  NB. the website visitor lost lidos search is anonymous.

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*Please note that in the comments section,  any  pictures are linked to my media files. 

I have added pointers to information below.

♦ Alverley Swimming Pool
Editor: aka ‘Fenn Green Swimming Pool’
Please see comment section below.  Thank you Margaret Sheridan

Ashburton Pool
Editor: Not Lost –  very happy to tell you! therefore not featured on website.  Run by volunteers, “our swimming pool cafe serves hot and cold drinks, locally baked cakes and biscuits, crisps, snacks, ice lollies and ice creams. A selection of swimming pool equipment is also for sale including goggles & floats. The pool also boasts a child play area and picnic area.”  Go here for information

Barewell Lido
Editor: Misspelling? Possibly Barwell in Leicestershire – no lido found; or           meaning Bulwell. See below titled Hucknall

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Barking Lido gone.  Enlarge +

♦ Barking Lido (Park)

Editor: The Lido was built in 1931 and was closed permanently in 1988.  Inside the walls a very popular Splash Pool has been constructed. The original fountains either end have been lovingly restored. There are stories of the lido from Eastside Community Heritage and a video found on the following link
Barking Park Lido  – Hidden Histories
Pictures can be found on this link 

♦ Barrow Hill Green Swimming Pool ?Misspelling
Editor: Barrowell Green Swimming Pool
Glimpse of a picture here  by Tony Ourris

♦ Battery Park Lido – Greenock
Editor: Originally it was a Clyde floating bath just off Battery park to be replaced by a concrete bottomed pool in the 30s. This in turn was closed once the Hector McNeil Modern Baths were opened in the 60s slightly more inland. (Now demolished for flats). Prior to Battery Park floating pool,  there had been one in late 19th century which sunk into the Clyde during gales.
Relevant pictures can be found on this link

Battery to another floating Bath at Gourock Bay, Upper Firth Of Clyde
Editor: This still remains
Secret Scotland featuring both Battery and Gourock
All about Gourock Pool not lost… very much “alive.”

Beckton Lido
Editor:  Canning Town,  Newham.   Nice picture here

♦ Bedford
Editor:  Bedford Newman Outdoor Lido. (Bedford Oasis pool is modern and not lost.) THE HISTORIC POOL

♦ Bellingham Lido.
Editor: Connection to a Catford search – one mile away, in list below  Good picture here  Ideal Homes.  The lost lidos search could indicate the Catford and Bellingham could be the same Lido?

♦ Bournemouth Pier Approach Swimming Baths
Editor: Fondest childhood memories.  Mum and Dad took me to many Aqua Shows here. I was wondering around the site in late summer 16.  It’s at present an outdoor activity/gig centre Lovely write ups on the following links:
www.bournemouthecho.co.uk.  The site from 1920s – to the present
Bournemouth Pier Approach Swimming Baths (pdf)  Wonderful History featuring the Opening by Roy Hodges
Wonderful Compilation Gallery – Alwyn Ladell.  Featuring the Pier Approach Baths 1937 – 1986 and a link through to the Imax building on the site and its demolition.

Bramhall Baths
Editor: Bramhall is 3 miles away from Stockport. See these old baths which could be associated.
A personal page and photos from the Moor Allerton Centenary Website  was to be found but I’m sorry the URL has changed for the photos. which is a shame. As yet I cannot place the actual site of these “baths.”  I  have asked but no reply. There are pictures – very tiny –  on the Moor Allerton Centenary Website  which is a wonderful historic site about the school in general.

Editor: Modern pools. The nearest Historic Lido to Bridlington is Scarborough  on this site.  Also see Hunstanton Lido below.

♦ Burnham Beeches Open Air Pool? Burnham BEACHES. Incorrect spelling
Editor: Forum Digital Spy
“Times Gone By”  Picture 1946   –  Farnham Royal Parish Council

♦ Bury St.Edmunds
Editor: Lidos in the region and very much alive including historic Brightlingsea which dates way back to 1933. 
It comes under the postal address of Colchester.  A glimpse of these pools below.

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Brightingsea Swimming Pool Enlarge + Private Postcard collection agj “Photo-Precision Ltd St Albans” I hope to write a page about this Lido


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Remembering Colchester Swimming Pool Enlarge + Private Postcard collection agj  “Photochrom.Co. Royal Tunbridge Wells” Now gone. Creating page for this Lido, starting with short visit of my visit – in edit.

Catford Lido? 1 mile away Bellingham Lido
Editor:  Lovely picture of the Lido with interesting write up by Andrew Simpson.   It was found along the Bromley Road.   This is in association with Peckham Rye – a similar Lido which closed 1987  Derelict LondonAnother picture of Catford Lido,  opened 1922 – closed in the 80s.  Ideal Homes 

♦ Cheadle Baths /Lido – Manchester
Editor: In my lost lidos search, unable to find a specific old Lido in Cheadle.  Nearest I can find is a
lovely old picture of indoor swimming bath in Children’s Homes Website Cheadle Hulme! wonderful website. Nearest outdoor pool is Hathersage Lido – not lost*** STOP PRESS FROM KEN RE CHEADLE PLEASE SEE COMMENT BOX BELOW

♦ Cheltenham
Editor: Sandford Parks Lido. A very much alive 50m Lido with Childrens Lido

♦ Cockenzie
Editor:  Pools in Cockenzie
Wonderful website here by Eric Hall (Lost Lidos participant! and member. See Comments page)

Colwyn Bay Lido
Editor: Please see also Rhos Lido below (associated).
Lido pictures and memories here on Past and Present of Colwyn Bay 

♦ Croyden
Editor: Misspelling. Croydon
Purley Way Pool and Scarbrook Road Baths on this site.

♦ Dudley Baths
Editor: Google search Blowers Green Road Baths

♦ Dunbar Swimming Pool
Editor:A great page with videos – The Lost Pool of Dunbar 
Words by Gareth E. Rees      (Unofficial Britain website).
And also well worth a visit! Dunbar Website/ Outdoor Pool  How amazing it looked.

♦ Eltham
Editor:  Eltham Centre. One of Greenwich’s multi facilities.  A modern swimming pool complex For historic outdoor swimming visit the Charlton Lido.
⊕ Editor:  Remembering Gosport Lido

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♦ Finchley Indoor Swimming Pool
: See North Finchley below

♦ Gourock Historic Outdoor Pool.
Editor: Survived! Not lost and a very fine riverside pool that takes its water from the River Clyde. A floating pool! See Battery in this list, above

Haslam Park Swimming Pool.

♦ Heston Swimming Pool
Editor: Heston Swimming Baths. A brief history of Heston Swimming Pool by Andrea Cameron, in the HONESLAW CHRONICLE, Autumn 2013.
Article: Closing down to be demolished to make way for a new leisure centre
Outdoor Pool privately managed not lost

♦ Hilsea  Lido Portsmouth – not lost. Lovely picture and info here

♦ Hounds Field
Editor: Houndsfield. Edmonton   You’ll find limited information hereCan anyone add?  Contact me

Editor  See Blackpool Baths and Lidos on this website.

Hucknall  Nottingham
Editor:  Closest I’ve come so far is Hood Park Open Air Swimming Pool. Open in season.
Nottingham Open Air Lidos now lost  Bulwell,  Carrington …

Hunstanton Lido
Editor: Nice picture of Hunstanton Lido Norfolk
also Francis Frith picture (online copyright protection)
No historical info about the Lido found yet.
Nudged by a previous visitor Mary Farmery on this Lido. See comments page also…
On pooling news page

♦ Ilkley
Editor: Very much alive! Click  Looks lovely

♦ Jubilee Pool – Penzance.
Editor: Not lost! – therefore not included on this site I am pleased to say! just had a big spend due to gale damage. Lido Website

♦ Kirkwell Meadow Lido – Cheshire
Editor: No info. traced as yet.

Editor:   Jump link to comments. Scroll to LEATHERHEAD.  Please use my contact form if you can add.
Letterhead  Editor: ???Misspelling!  Possibly Leatherhead -again  see below in comments.  If anyone can enlarge on this please do. Contact

♦ London Fields
Editor: OPEN! – doesnt qualify for this site! What its like after refurb

♦ Long Eaton
Editor: Preston. Built on site of sewage works 1935. Link   Opened 1932. Closed 1987. Demolished.  Go to Flicker page RPSmith Barney

⊕Editor Remembering Luton Pools. Who remembers these pools?  Outdoor Lido gone, and indoor replaced with Swimming and Diving Complex. Location for TV Series “Splash” Enlarge ++


Manchester Lido
Editor: Article here by Stephen Lewis
“Manchester’s got everything except a beach and a Lido”
Featured is Hathersage Lido

♦ Melksham
Editor. Blue Pool. Modern, not lost. Nearest historic open air pool Trowbridge Lido
Mitcham Pool,  London Road, London?
Editor: http://photoarchive.merton.gov.uk/collections/sports-and-leisure/swimming/50759

Nautical William – Alverley
   Editor:  This is a lost Pub.

New Addington Lido
Editor: Plenty of pools and water parks near vicinity.  Not yet traced an historic old past lido.

⊕ Editor: Remembering  North Berwick Open Air Pool

Enlarge + Private Postcard Collection agj “The best of all series”

North Finchley
Editor: Near Barnet. Wikipedia…The original 1930s outdoor pool, which no longer exists, was enclosed by an elegant colonnade of Roman Doric columns, with fountains to either side and was used to host the men’s preliminaries to the water polo competition for the 1948 Summer Olympics. The original site with its main pool and children’s pool was closed in 1992.  Modern day Centre now on site.

♦ Okehampton Pool Devon?
Editor:  A mystery pool  ?? not anymore.  See post already on this site.  I now have much more to add.

♦ Prestonpans
Editor:  No trace yet.  Near Cockenzie – see above in this list.

Rhos Lido – Colwyn Bay –  The Blue Dolphin – Conwy
A complex built  in 1933. Many functions were held here. During the 70s the Lido hit hard times and was threatened with closure.  An entrepreneur stepped in and demolished part of the building  (changing rooms etc) and used the rubble to make the pool shallower for a feature pool. Attention was paid more to the tea rooms, restaurant and ballroom facilities. By 1985 the entire site was derelict. Please find a picture and the information and much more on this link –
 Rhos Fynach History. 

♦ Rochester Lido/Pool?
Editor: Kent History Forum  requires Log -in

♦ Rushey Green Lido
Editor:  See Catford above

♦New! Rustington
Editor:  ?Mallon Dene meaning Rustington Holiday Centre? Memories  It was run by the WTA – Worker’s Travelling Association.  Collection of photos here  

⊕ Editor: Remembering Rhyl Open Air Swimming Pool

Enlarge + Private Postcard Collection agj “Valentines”

♦ Sandwell
Editor: Pools in this area listed on this website in blog index 

Selly Oak Lido  Birmingham
Editor: Can you help? Contact form

♦ Skegness
Editor: Comment on comments page.  Here is one of the links to the old Skegness Pool

♦ Spiders Web (as searched) under Whitby Pool
Editor:  See below

Editor: https://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/leisure-sites/14637-victorian-swimming-baths-stockport-02-2010-a.html#.XDoHn_Z2vIU

Stoke Newington  – Clissold Baths
In 1975 / 76 my then partner and I used to go swimming at a baths accessed
from Stoke Newington Church Street, not far from the town hall.  They were
quite old fashioned, presumably Victorian  The baths  unfortunately developed a leaking roof and was closed for a long time.
See attached map image and look for Swimming Baths in centre.
I tried both Clissold and Stoke Newington on your website but came up blank.
If you haven’t written about them then perhaps you ought to, and if you
have and I didn’t find the page then sorry.
Does anyone remember these Baths?
Editor:  I have found a reference to these baths and a very nice picture

♦ St. Andrews Lido Fife
Editor: http://www.nls.uk/

♦ Sunbury.
Editor: Comments and Reminiscences. From Helen 9 comments down.  Lovely link leading to picture and mention of the Lido

♦Tooting – King George’s Lido
Editor:  There was once a small outdoor swimming pool in King George’s Park (originally Southfields Park) in the Wandsworth area of London,  built 1938 but it has been removed.  Must be differentiated between Tooting Bec Lido which is one of the largest open air swimming pools surviving and is patronised all year round.
A small picture and very good information on St. George’s can be found in Baths and Washhouses  “The New Open Air Pool”

♦Tottenham Lido
Editor: Good memories here Tottenham Lido

♦ Troon Swimming Pond
Movie of the Opening of Troon Swimming Pond.
Shots of the Provost and dignatories having their photo taken, the Provost shaking hands with two swimmers.  Obtain info and view on the site only.

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Troon Lido. Private Postcard collection agj “Valentines”

♦ Upper Deck Molesey
Editor: Click link

⊕ Editor:  Remembering … do you know which Lido? recent page
♦ Victoria Park East London?
Editor: The Lido opened in 1936 and reopened in 1952 following damage during the Second World War; it was closed in 1986 and demolished in 1990.  Said to be akin to Margate…on this site
On the site scroll down the page to find swimming pool excerpts

♦ Wealdstone Baths Harrow?
Editor: http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/epw044519?ref=14
Opened 1934 and lived for 60 years.  Closed 1997.  Left to rot and decay until at least 2006
Included here with Tarlair, Grange over Sands


Whipps Cross
Editor: In borough of Waltham Forest. Leytonstone
In 1905, a swimming pond was excavated by manual labour as part of an unemployment relief scheme. Known locally as “Batho” New pool built 1932 and closed 1982. Now forest land.
More information on this link… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whipps_Cross
Jump to Whipps Cross Sub title
Lovely picture on this link Vestry House Museum

♦ Whitby Pool – Spiders Web
Editor:   Residents have their say about their “Green”

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Spiders Webb Whitby. Another view – Flicker. Enlarge +

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Whyteleafe Pool and Mountain Pools
Editor:  Some mention on general comments page.  Actually a dearth of information on this pool.

Whorlton Lido
Editor:  Community discussion on this link “Whorlton Lido closed to the public” (2011)
Quote from site – “Paul Townley bought the popular beauty spot by the River Tees called Whorlton Lido because he was tired of the noise made by holiday-makers.”
Teesdale Mercury Plans 2012
Darlington and Stockton Times – Picture and article 1991
Sounds a similar set up, initially,  to Grimley-on-Severn Lido (being more serene!) on this site

♦ Wigan Lido – Greater Manchester
Editor: Unable to locate information on a 30s  (or iro)  outdoor Lido.  Southport Bathing Lake is referenced as the nearest one –  already featured on this site.
Picture and memories of Old Indoor Baths Wigan World
Pictures of Wigan Old  Indoor Baths 2008 and being demolished  to make way for a new International Pool.

Wimbledon Pool?
Editor: http://photoarchive.merton.gov.uk/collections/sports-and-leisure/swimming/31662

Windsor Lido (and River Lido)
Editor: The War Memorial Baths
Tremendous Forum including the starting of the life of Windsor Swimming Club in the Thames River

Some visitors memoirs on the comments page   with some recent comments in footer. They may have mentioned your pool search!
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19 Responses

  1. barry
    barry / 9-16-2018 / ·

    I remember Surbiton Lagoon, I went there often as a little boy and it always seemed very glamorous and huge, it had a lovely big fountain near the entrance and a booth where you could buy a bottle of pop, chocolate bars and crisps.
    Very sad when it closed as it was wonderful amenity for the locals. I’m not sure but, having looked at a map, I think it was in Raeburn Avenue.

  2. barry
    barry / 9-16-2018 / ·

    The open air pool in Fetcham Grove, Leatherhead was called “West Wing” I had a season ticket there for school summer holidays in the early sixties. There was a decent sized grass area on the far side where you could lay out on your towel when it was sunny. It had 3 tennis courts (asphalt) to the left of the pool area. They may be the ones that are still there. There was a diving board structure at the RH end which seemed very high probably 8ft also a lower level too, there was also a sprung diving boar. It was closed when the Leisure Centre was built.
    I went to School in Effingham and a few of us used to go the Gilmais in Great Bookham after school, when it closed we migrated to “West Wing”. I remember I preferred Gilmais and was really sad when it was closed down probably around 1960

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