The 1912 A S A list of Baths and Bathing Places

The history of swimming in England

The history of swimming pools

The history of swimming costume

The Amateur Swimming Association directory for swimmers in England listing: Indoor swimming baths, lidos, swimming lakes, swimming rivers, and seaside swimming facilities.

Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckingham, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, CornwallCumberland, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucester, Hants and Isle of White, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Man, Kent, Lancashire, Leicester, Lincoln, London, Norfolk, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottingham, Oxford, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, Stafford, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worchester, Yorkshire.


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Things have dramatically changed for swimmers during the last century. Looking through this list of swimming and bathing places recommended 100 years ago by the A.S.A, and reproduced in Frank Sachs book: The Complete Swimmer, will I hope reveal that changes have not all been for the benefit of swimmers. One thing that stands out is the number of open water swimming venues available to swimmers back then. The last hundred years has seen attitudes to swimming outdoors change remarkably. Indoor pools have been built country wide, youthful swimmers contained, and their behaviour moderated. Swimming has been transformed from an animated outdoor playful activity, mostly enjoyed by working class boys, into a very competitive sport, confined predominantly to man-made pools. The British seaside holiday, the lido era and two world wars have all played a part in our rich swimming history. But swimming survives as the number one participation sport in the U.K.

 

The 2012 London Olympics marked 100 years since Frank Sachs published: The Complete Swimmer. In recognition of the health benefits of exercise, the government proposed to steer the nation away from obesity, and to guide us back into the water as swimmers. Starting with the over 60's and extending to school children in 2009, the government had hoped that free swimming would become part of the texture and pattern of everyday life for the English by the time of the 2012 London Olympics. Sadly the financial crisis has overshadowed such hopes and free swimming has been consigned to the nation's 'wild swimmers', whether in river, lake Lido or sea.

The figures in parenthesis denote the number of swimming baths in each building. 

 

Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckingham, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucester, Hants and Isle of White, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Man, Kent, Lancashire, Leicester, Lincoln, London, Norfolk, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottingham, Oxford, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, Stafford, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worchester, Yorkshire.  

 

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BEDFORDSHIRE 

BEDFORD.

Public Baths, Commercial Road, Newnham.

Bedford's Commercial Road Swimming Bath, which opened in 1872, was the town's first official bathing place. Wild swimming history

Bedford's Commercial Road Swimming Bath opened in 1872, as the town's first official bathing place

Wild swimming history These rules of 1884 show how the opening hours were strictly regulated, often by sex and class: the Union Boys were lads from the local Workhouse 

These rules of 1884 show how the opening hours were strictly regulated, often by sex and class: the Union Boys were lads from the local Workhouse. Bedford's first swimming pools, the Commercial Road Baths and Newham Baths, were both open-air pools incorporating parts of the river. More...

LUTON.

Public Baths, Waller Street.

Wild swimming history LUTON'S former swimming baths in Waller Street were opened in 1913 by the town's MP at the time, Cecil Harmsworth.

LUTON'S former swimming baths in Waller Street were opened in 1913 by the town's MP, Cecil Harmsworth more...

 

Wild swimming history Batford swimming pool British Swimming History

Batford swimming pool 

Before Harpenden gained a swimming pool the Urban District Council constructed a children's paddling pool at the Marquis Lane playing-field.  It was fed with spring-water from the old cress-beds. More... 

 

ABINGDON.

River Thames. Free certain Days. Historic wild swimming venue.

Wild swimming history Abingdon bathing place 1939 British Swimming History

The bathing place Abingdon 1939

COOKHAM.

River Thames. Historic wild swimming venue.

 Wild swimming at Cookham Regatta 1926 British Swimming History

Swimming in the Thames at Cookham Regatta 1926

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FARRINGDON.

Public Bath.

swimming pool Wild swimming history

HENLEY.

River Thames. Historic wild swimming venue.

Wild Swimmingh at Henley 1930 British Swimming History

Henley 1930

Hurley-on-Thames. Historic wild swimming venue.

Diving at Hurley on Thames 1940 Wild swimming history 

 Diving at Hurley-on-Thames 1940

Diver Hurley on Thames 1940 Wild Swimming 

Diver Hurley-on-Thames 1940 

Wild Swimmers - Bathers Hurley on Thames 1940 

Bathers Hurley-on-Thames 1940 

Wild Swimming Children Swimming Hurley on Thames 1940

 Children swimming Hurley-on-Thames 1940

No Wild Swimming at Hurley on Thames

Wild swimming history Henley
 

 

MAIDENHEAD.

River Thames. Historic wild swimming venue.

open water swimming Wild swimming history

 

Maidenhead River swimming

 

NEWBURY.

Public Bath, Northcroft.

This heated lido 216 ft x 39 ft and dates back to 1870. It started off with two shallow ends and a deep water in the middle. It also used to be segregated by sex, males on one side and females on the other, and was at that time unheated. It was enlarged in 1914 and completely rebuilt in 1937 possibly using the same tank. At that time it was said to be the largest pool in the south of England. More...

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Northcroft Lido

 

READING.

Public Bath, King's Meadow.

The Mens Open Air Bath Wild swimming history

Kings Meadow Men's Open Air Baths More...
 

READING.

Public Bath. Free certain days for ladies.

 

Reading - Kings Meadow Ladies Open Air Baths - 1902 Wild swimming history

Kings Meadow Ladies Open Air Baths - 1902 More...

 

READING.

Private Bath, Leighton Park College.

swimming pool Wild swimming history

PANGBOURNE.

River Thames. Historic wild swimming venue.

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The Weir Pool at Pangbourne 1900

SHIPLAKE.

River Thames at the locks. Good accommodation for diving. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Wild swimming at Shiplake Lock from downstream with the weir stream to the left

Shiplake Lock from downstream with the weir stream to the left 

 

 

WINDSOR.

Public Bath. Historic wild swimming venue.

The Bath Island Wild Swimming Baths in the early 1900s

Bath Island Windsor

The History of swimming at Windsor and Eton 

 

BUCKINGHAM


Cygnet River Swimming Baths, Amersham Wild swimming history

 Cygnet River Swimming Baths, Amersham

 

AYLESBURY.

Public Bath, Bourbon Street.

swimming pool Wild swimming history

CHESHAM.

Public bath, The Moor. Public open-air bath. Lido.

 

Chesham Moor swimming pool Wild swimming history

Chesham Moor Swimming Pool

The first written reference to swimming on the moor was in 1898.

In 1912 the first swimming pool was erected and in 1933 it had a facelift which included improvements to the pool and its surroundings such as changing cubicles.

In 1964 the whole building was reconstructed and the pool was made deeper and on completion, re-opened by Councillor Bill Moulder who, in 1912 had been one of the first to swim in the original pool. More...

 

 

HIGH WYCOMBE.

Public Bath, Rye Mead. Very poor bath.

Holywell Mead swimming pool Wild swimming history 

 Holywell Mead Swimming Pool

 

  • 55 years since it first opened on 1 June 1957, the open air swimming pool on The Rye in High Wycombe has opened its doors again. More...
  • There had been a public pool on The Rye since Roman times - you can find more information at the newly opened Romans exhibition at Wycombe Museum.

MARLOW.

River Thames. Private. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming Wild swimming history

NEWPORT PAGNELL.

River Lovat. Historic wild swimming venue.

Wild swimming history Newport Pagnell Bathing Place 1890's Wild |Swimminmg for boys

Newport Pagnell Bathing Place 

Stoney Stratford, Milton Keynes

Historic wild swimming venue. 

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

 

 

CAMBRIDGE.

Public Baths, Sheeps Green. Separate bath for ladies. Historic wild swimming venue.

Cambridge Wild Swim Through 1959

Cam Swim Through 1959

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 Men's Bathing Place Cambridge

 

Wild swimmers Bathing Place Granchester British Swimming History

 Cambridge University Bathing Place at Granchester 

river wild swimming Cambridge, British Swimming History

 Four year old Jackie Overhill diving at Cambridge. 1932 

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Link: The history of wild swimming at Cambridge

Ely.

River Ouse. Private grounds. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming Wild swimming history

MARCH.

River. Shed provided by Local Authority. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming Wild swimming history

 

swimming pool Wild swimming history

St Neots

 Wild swimming history St Neotes

St Neots Bathing Place

Bryn Bymott writes: I believe this is downstream of the Town bridge before the weir, lock and road bridge at Little Paxton. The trees in the background are on a small island behind which the navigable river runs to the lock. I am told that this image of the sandy bottomed St Neots lido, as it was called in the 1930's, was taken pre the First World War. I have a number of other images which I will try to post. I also have an image of the bathing sheds, diving boards and steps of the Coneygeare bathing spot, where we swim now every weekend.

WHITTLESEA

River. No buildings. Historic wild swimming venue.

Derelict Bathing Sheds at Chain Bridge


WISBEACH.

Private Bath, Barton School.

 

swimming pool Wild swimming history

 

CHESHIRE

 

ALTRINCHAM.

Public Bath, Stamford Road.

Wild swimming history ALTRINCHAM. Public Bath, Stamford Road

BIRKENHEAD.

Public Bath, Argyle Street.

 

swimming pool Wild swimming history

BIRKENHEAD.

Public Bath, Livingstone Street.

 

swimming pool Wild swimming history

CHESTER.

Public Baths (2) Union Street. School children taught in school hours free.

 Wild Swimming at Chester swimming gala, British Swimming History

Chester Swimming Gala

Historic wild swimming venue. 

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CREWE.

Public Bath, Mill Street. Very small bath.

 

swimming pool Wild swimming history

WEST KIRBY.

Shore Lake, Sea Front. Floating barges. Historic wild swimming venue.

Wild swimming at West Kirby

HYDE.

Public Bath, Union Street.

 

swimming pool Wild swimming history

LISCARD.

River Mersey. No dressing accommodation. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming Wild swimming history

MACCLESFIELD.

Public Bath, Davenport Street.

 

swimming pool Wild swimming history

NANTWICH.

Public Bath, High Street.

 

swimming pool Wild swimming history

NORTHWICH.

Public Bath, Verdin Park.

 

Wild swimming history

The first known swimming baths of Northwich was the Verdin Baths, situated on Verdin Park. It was presented by Robert Verdin in commemeration of the Jublilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.

It consisted of a 60ft x 20ft [20yds x 6yds 2ft] cast iron plunge bath and 5 slipper baths. It was a largely timbered-framed building. As the entrance was approached, the motto "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" could be clearly seen along the front of the building.

NEW BRIGHTON.

River Mersey. No dressing accommodation. Historic wild swimming venue.

open water swimming Wild swimming history

worlds largest lido 1934 New Brighton, British Swimming History

 "THE WORLD'S LARGEST - Lord Leverhulme opens new open-air swimming pool at New Brighton." 1934

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PORT SUNLIGHT.

Open-air. Lido. Ellens Rocks. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Air Bath Port Sunlight Lido

Open Air Bath Port Sunlight Lido 

RUNCORN.

River Weaver. Historic wild swimming venue.

Runcorn wild swimmers bathing place, British Swimming History

Runcorn bathing place, River Mersey

SEACOME.

Public Baths (2), Guinea Gap.

swimming pool

STOCKPORT.

Public Bath, St Petersgate.

 

swimming pool

WINSFORD.

Public Bath, Station Road. School children taught swimming in school hours.

 

swimming pool

 

CORNWALL

 

BOSCASTLE.

Sea (private), Sea. Dangerous Coast. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

 

Bude

Bude sea pool Summerleaze beach, British Swimming History

Bude Sea Pool Summerleaze Beach

Bude Bathing Pool

Wild Swimmers at Bude Bathing Pool

Bude Sea Lido Compass Point 

Bude Sea Lido Compass Point

Bude Sir Thomas Bathing Pit

Bude Sir Thomas Bathing Pit

BUDE The Swimming Pool Cornwall Wild Swimming

The Swimming Pool Bude Wild Swimming

Bude Bathing Beach with Changing Tents

Bude Bathing Beach with Changing Tents 

 

FALMOUTH.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming
 

 

Hayle.



Hayle Lido 1936

 Hayle Outdoor Bathing Place 1936 - 39

Hayle Lido was constructed for swimmers in one of the tidal pools adjacent to the town on a site that is soon to be redeveloped (behind Jewson's on Carnsew Road) It opened in 1936 and closed with the deceleration of the Second World War. Another Lido opened in the 1970's but is under threat. Historic wild swimming venue.

Hayle Lido 1936 - 9 

Illogan.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

 

KINGSHEAD.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

LAUNCESTON.

Public Bath, close to town. Open-air. Lido. free Saturdays. 

swimming pool

LOOE.

Sea. Private Machines, bathing safe. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Bathing Beach and Banjo Pier Looe Cornwall

Bathing Beach and Banjo Pier Looe Cornwall 

 
 
Diving rock Looe, British Swimming History
 

This rock is known locally as "Tom Barbers Rock". Tom died as he hit the rocks below when diving.

Looe Bathing Beach and Cliffs

Looe Bathing Beach and Cliffs 

 

LOSTWITHIEL.

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

MARAZION.

Sea. Private Machines. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

Mullion

CORNWALL - Mullion Cove - People bathing

Mullion Cove - People bathing

NEWQUAY.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Newquay Bathing Machines in the early days of wild swimming

 Wild swimming at Newquay

Bathing Beach Newquat

The Bathing Beach Newquay

Newquay Great Western Beach Bathing Machines

Newquay Great Western Beach Bathing Machines

Wild Swimming History Newquay Beach and Bathing Pool

Newquay Beach and Bathing Pool 

Penberth Cove.

Historic wild swimming venue. 

Pearl told me the story of her mermaid like childhood. She grew up in Penberth Cove, some 3 miles from Land's End, which supported a thriving fishing community. Pearl relates: 'Grandfather lived in the house next to the sea, and I grew up in a flat above the fisherman's cellars.' Born in 1942, Pearls childhood coincided with the golden age of swimming. She swam for 20 minutes each morning before breakfast, and after a day of schooling in St' Just, she returned to the sea for another 20 minutes before tea. Winter swells made the rocky cove too dangerous for bathing, but calm weather at any time of year put swimming on the daily agenda for this fishing and swimming community. Even when she started work Pearl would swim every day late into the evening, 'It was wonderful', she remembers.

As the tide goes out at the cove, three sand bars can be reached, and a small rock pool is exposed which became the playground of the young. Pearl learned to swim at the age five, her mother Eva swam out to the sandbars carrying Pearl on her back. The doggy paddle brought her safely home, but a fear of deep water developed when she could not touch the bottom along the way. 'I was eleven or twelve before I learnt to swim properly,' Pearl remembers. 'I spent the whole summer in my swimming costume.' The children were in and out of the water all summer long and when Eva took a plunge the children would shout 'tidal wave' referring to her corpulent stature. The water was home throughout the day to adults and children alike. 'Mother knitted my first costume, but it became so heavy when it was wet, that it would hang down to my feet. I ended up swimming in shorts and a t-shirt, it was more decent,' she said.

With a dozen boats in the cove there were always adults around, but the children were not supervised as such. Eight children lived in the cove itself and another 13 came down from surrounding villages to bathe. The older boys built a 12 foot raft with oil drums beneath for buoyancy, and anchored it in the middle of the cove to swim out to. 'Once it broke free during a storm and it went out into the English Channel, they had to put out a warning to shipping.' Teenagers would move the raft over to the rocks so that young children could use it to climb out of the sea and then jump in off the rocks. Pearls little brother was taken out by the older boys and swam back on his own aged only three. 'He swam with the doggy paddle and has swum like a fish ever since.'

You might think that this easy going attitude towards swimming could end only in tragedy, you would be wrong, no child drowned in the cove. Teaching children to swim in open water was always seen as a good thing as it put swimming abilities into perspective and taught respect for life and the sea. What a contrast these golden days of swimming make with the restrictions of childhood today.


PENZANCE.

Public Bath. Poor accommodation for spectators.

swimming pool

 

PENZANCE

 

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Jubilee bathing pool Penzance, British Swimming History 

Jubilee Bathing Pool Penzance, notice the slide, diving board and water polo

Jubilee Bathing Pool British Swimming History 

Jubilee Pool Penzance

Jubilee Pool Penzance, British Swimming History 

Jubilee Pool Penzance

Penzance Lido with Pontoon

Penzance Lido with Pontoon

Penzance Lido and Diving Boards

Penzance Lido and Diving Boards

Perranporth

Wild Swimming Natural Pool Perranporth Cornwall

Natural Pool Perranporth Cornwall

Polzeath 

Tristram bathing pool Polzeath, British Swimming History 

 Tristram Bathing Pool Polzeath

PORT ISAAC.

Sea, Port Garern. Public Boxes. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

 

 

ST AUSTELL.

River, near town. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

ST IVES.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

St Ives sea bathing

Sea bathing Porthminster Beach St Ives

Porthminster Beach St Ives Cornwall

Sea Bathing, Porthminster Beach St Ives Cornwall

Treyarnon Bay

Natural Bathing Pool Treyarnon Bay

 Natural Swimming Pool Treyarnon Bay

TRURO.

Public Bath, St Mary Street.

 

swimming pool

TRURO.

River, Malpas Road. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

 

CUMBERLAND

 

CARLISLE.

Public Bath, James Street.

 

swimming pool

KESWICK.

Lake Derwant Water. Good sheds. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

MARYPORT.

Sea. Open beach. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

Oversands

Oversands Lido Cumbria

Oversands Lido

  

PENRITH.

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

WHITEHAVEN.

Public Bath. Duke Street.

 

swimming pool

WIGTON.

Public Bath.

 

swimming pool

 

DERBYSHIRE

 

BELPER. 

River, Ambergate Road. Historic wild swimming venue.

open water swimming

BELPER

Public Bath, Derby Road.

swimming pool

 

Hathersage.

 Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool 1936, British Swimming History

Hathersage swimming pool opened in 1936, as a part of the King George Fifth Memorial Field. More...

 

CHESTERFIELD

Public Bath. Ashgate Road.

 

swimming pool

CHESTERFIELD. 

Inkerman Pool, Ashgate Road.

swimming pool

DERBY

Public Baths (2), Full Street.

 

swimming pool

DERBY

Public Bath, Reginald Street.

 

swimming pool

DERBY

Public Bath, Holmes. Open bath.

 

swimming pool

DERBY

Brook, Markeaton Bank. Open bath.

 

swimming pool

DERBY

River Darley Abbey. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

GLOSSOP

Public Bath, Howard Park.

 

swimming pool

HEANOR

Public Bath.

 

swimming pool

MATLOCK

Public Bath, Smedley Street.

 

swimming pool

Matlock lido, British Swimming History

Matlock Lido

MATLOCK BATH

Public Bath, Main Street.

 

swimming pool

MATLOCK BATH

Private Bath, New Bath Hotel.

 

swimming pool

MILFORD.

Public Bath.

 

swimming pool

REPTON.

Private Bath, Repton School.

 

swimming pool

WEST HALLAM

Public Bath, near G.N.R. Station. Owned by Colliery Co. Open-air. Lido.

 

swimming pool

 

DEVON

 

BIDEFORD. 

River Torridge. Club owns large portion. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

BRIXHAM.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

 

 Shoalstone Sea Pool Brixham

BUCKFASTLEIGH

Public Bath, Plymouth Road. 

 

swimming pool

 

DARTMOUTH

Sea. Pavilion owned by club. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

DAWLISH

Sea. Splendid accommodation. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Dawlish Bathing Cove

Dawlish Bathing Cove 

DEVONPORT

Sea. Mount Wise. Historic wild swimming venue.

Natural Bathing Pool and Sea Bathing Mount Wise Devonport wild swimming

Natural Bathing Pool and Sea Bathing Mount Wise Devonport. 

DEVONPORT.

Private Bath, Royal Naval Barracks.

swimming pool

EXETER

Public Bath, High Street.

 

swimming pool

 Open Air Bathing - Head Weir - Exeter

 Open Air Bathing - Head Weir - Exeter

 

Just above Head Weir, there was a bathing place that was used from the early nineteenth-century, or before. The City Council took responsibility for it from 1864 when they appointed James Baker as the first bathing ground superintendent at a cost of 18s per week. In the same year the area was tarmacked. Later improvements to the bathing ground were made, with wooden slats for bathers to stand on after they left the water, pans of clean water for washing feet, and in 1877, fifteen bathing huts, at a cost of £56.

During September of 1872 a swimming match was run, to became an annual event. By 1883, 80 guineas was offered in prizes. Shooter won a Silver Medal for Bravery, and was feted by the City Council, when he saved a young boy who fell into the river above Head Weir and was swept into the upper leat. The leat by this time was covered, so Shooter had to swim along a dark tunnel until he found the boy, to emerge in the open just below Engine Bridge. (from Exeter Memories)

Exeter Lafrowda Swimming Pool University of Exeter

Exeter Lafrowda Swimming Pool University of Exeter 

 

EXMOUTH

Sea, Dock. Club owns two pavilions. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

ILFRACOMBE

Publich Bath, Ilfracombe Hotel.

 

swimming pool

Bathing Cove Ilfracombe 

Tunnels Bathing Cove Ilfracombe 

Tunnels Bathing Cove Ilfracombe

Tunnels Bathing Pool

Tunnels Bathing Pool

The Ladies Bathing Beach The Tunnels Ilfracombe

The Ladies Bathing Beach The Tunnels Ilfracombe

The Tunnels Bathing Cove and tidal Pool Ilfracombe

 The Tunnels Bathing Cove and tidal Pool Ilfracombe

 

NEWTON ABBOT.

River Lemon. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

PAIGNTON

Sea, off Pier. Also at Goodrington Sands. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Bathing Tents Paignton

Bathing Tents Paignton 

PLYMOUTH

Sea. Bath wanted. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

wild swimming at Plymouth Hoe. wild swimming history: river - lake - lido - sea - history

Bathers under Plymouth Hoe Christmas Morning

 Plymouth The Lido, British Swimming History

Tinside Lido Plymouth, British Swimming History

Tinside Lido Plymouth

ladies bathing pool Plymouth Hoe early 1900s, British Swimming History

Ladies Bathing Pool Plymouth Hoe early 1900s

 Plymouth Ladies Pool

Plymouth Hoe Sun Bathing Terraces

Plymouth Hoe Sun Bathing Terraces 

 

Swimming Pool 2008, Admiralty Road, Plymouth, dating from the 40s or 50s.

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Glenholt Holiday Camp Pool Plymouth Devon

Glenholt Holiday Camp Pool Outdoor Swimming Pool Plymouth Devon 

 

SIDMOUTH. 

Sea. Treacherous bathing. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming at Sidmouth

Sea Bathing Sidmouth 

SOUTH MOLTON.

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

TAVISTOCK. 

Public Bath, near Station.

 

swimming pool

TEIGNMOUTH

Private Bath, Kelley College.

 

swimming pool

TEIGNMOUTH.

Sea. Bigger bath wanted. Historic wild swimming venue.

Teinhmouth Bathing Beach

Teignmouth Sea Bathing Beach

Teignmouth Bathing Beach and Bathing Machines

Teignmouth Bathing Beach and Bathing Machines 

 

TEIGNMOUTH

Public Bath, Carlton Place.

swimming pool

 Tynemouth British Swimming History

 New bathing pool opened by the mayor, followed by aquatic gala. Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear.

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 Long Sands, Tynemouth was opened in 1925, now abandoned

 

Tiverton River Swimming Race 1949 

TORQUAY

Sea. Bath badly wanted. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming Torquay Corbyn Head

Sea Swimming Torquay Corbyn Head

Wild swimming at Anstey's Cove Torquay

Wild Swimming and Bathing Machines - Anstey's Cove Torquay 

WESTWARD HO.

Public Bath. Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

SWIMMING POOL WESTWARD HO

Swimming Pool Westward Ho

southern end of Westward Ho! beach near Bideford, this renovated pool has been in existence for 120 years

Westward Ho near Bideford this renovated pool has been in existence for 120 years 


 

Wollacombe

Wollacombe Bathing Beach Devon

Wollacombe Bathing Beach Devon 

 

DORSET

 

BRIDPORT. 

Sea (private). Pier and Beach. Also bathing tents. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

DORCHESTER

River, Poundbury. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

LYME REGIS

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

POOLE

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

PORTLAND

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

SHERBORNE

Private Bath. School.

Sherbourne Kings School Swimming Baths 

Sherborne Kings School Swimming Baths 

SWANAGE

Sea. Shed for club. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

WEYMOUTH

Sea, Pierhead. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Bathing at Weymouth Beach

Sea Bathing at Weymouth Beach 

Dancing Ledge 1920's, British Swimming History

Dancing Ledge Sea Pool at Langton Maltravers near Weymouth 1920


 

WIMBORNE.

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

 

DURHAM

 

DARLINGTON

Public Bath, Kendrew Street.

 

swimming pool

DEAN HOLME

Sea (private) Sea Front. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

DURHAM.

Public Bath and River Elvet. Historic wild swimming venue.

swimming pool

open water swimming

GATESHEAD

Public Bath, Mulgrave Terrace.

 

swimming pool

HEARTLEPOOL.

Sea, Sea Front. Club House. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

Hartlepool Bathing Pool Wild Swimming History

Hartlepool Bathing Pool 

LUMLEY

River Wear. Boat House. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

MARSDEN

Sea. Tents. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

ROCKER

Sea. Machines. Splendid bathing. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

RYHOPE

Sea. Tents. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

SEAHAM HARBOUR. 

Sea and Dock, Good club house. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

SOUTH SHIELDS

Public Bath, Derby Street.

 

swimming pool

SOUTHWICK - ON - WEAR

River Wear. Safe. Good water. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

STOCKTON

Public Bath, Bath Lane. Ladies' club.

 

swimming pool

SUNDERLAND

Public Bath, high Street.

 

swimming pool

WHITBURN

Sea. Splendid beach. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

 

 

ESSEX

 

BRAINTREE.

River, Mr Belsham's Meadow. Good dressing-room, closed only on Sunday after 12 noon. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

BRAINTREE

River. No dressing accommodation. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

BRAINTREE

Lake. Gosfield. Bathing allowed by courtesy of owner before 8.30 A.M. and after 7.30 P.M. No dressing accommodation. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

BRENTWOOD

Private Bath, Grammer School.

 

swimming pool

CHELMSFORD

Public Bath. Open air. Lido.

 

swimming pool

Chelmsford Swimming Baths

Chelmsford Swimming Baths 

 

CHIGWELL

Private Bath, Grammar School.

Girl Guide Camp Site Lido Chigwell Row

Girl Guide Camp Site Lido Chigwell Row 

CLACTON - ON - SEA

Sea, Pier and Beach. Historic wild swimming venue.

Clacton on Sea Bathing Machines West Cliffs

Clacton on Sea Bathing Machines West Cliffs 

Sea Bathing at Clacton-on-Sea

Sea Bathing at Clacton-on-Sea 

The Pier Bathing Pool Clacton on Sea

The Pier Bathing Pool Clacton-on-Sea 

Clacton-on-sea lido 1933

Clacton-on-Sea Lido 1933

The Pier Swimming Pool Clacton on Sea

The Pier Swimming Pool Clacton-on-Sea

Clacton Pier and Baths

Clacton Pier and Baths 

Butlins Clacton Indoor Heated Pool

Butlin's Clacton-on-Sea Indoor Heated Pool 


COLCHESTER

Colne River. Historic wild swimming venue.

Colchester river swimming baths

Colchester river swimming baths 

DOVERCOURT.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Dovercourt Lido 

Dovercourt sea swimming and Lido

Dovercourt Bathing Pool Essex

Dovercourt Bathing Pool Essex


 

FOULNESS

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

FRINTON

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Frinton Bathers

Sea Swimming and Bathing at Frinton-on-Sea

wild swimming Sea Swimming Frinton on Sea

Sea Swimming Frinton on Sea 

GRAYS

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

HALSTEAD

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

HARWICH

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Harwich Bathing Beach Ticket Booth Hut Essex

 Harwich Sea Bathing

Ingatestone 

 
Chase Ingatestone British Swimming History
 
Outdoor swimming Pool at Chase Ingatestone 1933

Watch The News Real

MALDON

River, Blackwater. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

MALDON.

Mar Lake, Blackwater. Historic wild swimming venue.

Tollesbury Nr Maldon The Swimming Pool Essex

The Bathing Pool Maldon

Maldon The Bathing Pool ESSEX Wild Swimming

Maldon The Bathing Pool

PURFLEET

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming
 

 

ROMEFORD

Public Bath, Mauneys Road.

 

swimming pool

SHOEBURYNESS

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

SOUTHEND

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

sea swimming Southend-On-Sea

Thorpe Bay

Thorpe Bay

He Goes In For Mixed Bathing South End On Sea

He Goes In For Mixed Bathing South-End-On-Sea

Southchurch Beach and Christian Bathing Hut

Southchurch Beach and Christian Bathing Hut 

WESTCLIFF on SEA postcard SWIMMING POOL

Westcliffe-on-Sea Lido

TILBURY

Private Bath. P.L.A. employees.

 

swimming pool

WALTON-ON-NAZE

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Bathing Walton on the Naze

Sea Bathing Walton-on-the-Naze 

WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

sea swimming

Corporation Sea Bath Westcliffe on Sea

Corporation Sea Bath Westcliffe on Sea

Open air swimming baths Westcliff on Sea

Open air swimming baths Westcliff on Sea 

 

GLOUCESTER

 

BRISTOL

Public Bath, Broad Weir. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Public Bath, Myor's Paddock.

 

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Public Bath, St Jacob's Wells.

 

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Public Baths (2) Rennison's.

 

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Public Baths (2), Clifton.

 

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Public Bath, Kingsdown.

 

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Public Bath, Barton Hill.

 

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Open-air. Lido. Greville Smyth Park.

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Open-air. Lido. Victoria Park, Bedminster.

 

swimming pool

BRISTOL

Open-air. Lido. Eastville Park.

 

swimming pool

CHELTENHAM

Public Bath, Alstone.

 

swimming pool

Cheltenham Lido 

CHELTENHAM.

Public Bath, Montpelier.

 

swimming pool

 

CIRENCESTER

Public Bath.

swimming pool

GLOUCESTER

Public Baths, Barton Street.

swimming pool

STONEHOUSE

Canal. Bad sheds. Railway arch. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

open water swimming

 

STROUD

Public Bath, Gloucester Street.

 

swimming pool

 

TEWKESBURY

River Severn. Historic wild swimming venue.

open water swimming


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