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Make 2012 the year to REMEMBER

1912 / 2012 - 100 years of swimming

The 2012 London Olympics mark 100 years since Frank Sachs published his book The Complete Swimmer

Amateur Swimming Association list of Swimming Baths and Bathing Places in England 1912

 

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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HANTS AND ISLE OF WIGHT

 

ALDERSHOT

Bath. Soldiers only.


Aldershot, North Camp Gymnasium And Swimming Baths 1905 

ALVERSTOCKE.

Sea, Stokes Bay.

Stokes Bay, Swimming from the beach The Beach 1898

Stokes Bay, Swimming from the beach The Beach 1898 

ANDOVER

PUBLIC Bath, Adelaide Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

BASINGSTOKE

Bath. Open-air. Lido.

Swimming Pool

BOURNEMOUTH

Sea and Bath, Pier approach. Used by ladies. Historic wild swimming venue.

Bournemouth Sea Bathing History

Bathers at Bournemouth

Bournemouth Bathing Machines

Bournemouth Bathing Machines

Sea Bathing Westcliffe Bournmouth

Sea Bathing Westcliffe Bournmouth

 

 

 

CHRISTCHURCH

Sea and River. Facilities plentiful. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

CHRISTCHURCH River Bathing Place British swimming history

 Christchurch's first public swimming pool

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Wild swimmers Sea Bathing Colwell Bay

 

Wild swimmers Sea Bathing Colwell Bay

 

 

COWES

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

LYMINGTON

Public Bath.

Swimming Pool

PORTSMOUTH

Public Bath. Sea accommodation. Historic wild swimming venue.

Swimming Pool

Sea Swimming
 
HMS St Vincent British Swimming History 

Boys swimming HMS St Vincent, Gosport, Hampshire, near Portsmouth. It closed in 1968.

 
Stamshaw Swimming Pond
 
'The pond was superseded by Hilsea Lido when it opened in 1935 and was eventually demolished. Stamshaw Park replaced it, which today is an excellent amenity for local children.' more...

Hilsea Lido Bathing Pool 

Hilsea Lido Bathing Pool

Gosport Lido Hampshire

Gosport Lido Hampshire 

RYDE

Sea, Beach and pier. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

SANDOWN

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Bathing at Sandown Isle-of-White

Sea Bathing at Sandown Isle-of-White

Sandown Bathing Machines and Beach

Sandown Bathing Machines and Beach 

Sea Bathing Sandown Isle of White

Sea Bathing Sandown Isle of White 

Sea Bathing Shanklin Isle-of-White 

Sea Bathing Shanklin Isle-of-White

Bathers on the Beach Shanklin Isle of White

Bathers on the Beach Shanklin Isle of White 

Steephill Cove Isle of White

Steephill Cove Isle of White

Small Hope Shanklin Wild Swimmers sea bathing

Small Hope Shanklin Sea Bathers wild swimming

SOUTHAMPTON

Public Baths.

Swimming Pool

Southampton Lido 

Southampton Lido

SOUTHSEA

Sea. PORTSMOUTH Club stages. Separate stages for ladies and gents. Mixed bathing. Historic wild swimming venue.

Boys Sea Bathing Southsea

Boys Sea Bathing Southsea

Hampshire Southsea Wild Swimming pool 1950s

Hampshire Southsea swimming pool 1950s

Southsea Beach and Bathing Machines

Southsea Beach and Bathing Machines

Southsea Beach Wild Swimming History

Southsea Beach Wild Swimming History 

 

VENTNOR

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

WINCHESTER

River, Garnier Road. Charge for private dressing shed. Historic wild swimming venue.

Gunner's Hole Winchester British swimming history

Gunner's Hole Winchester

Gunner's Hole Today

Gunner's Hole Today

Thanks to Gareth!

 

YARMOUTH

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Bathing at Yarmouth 1920s British swimming history
 
Bathing at Yarmouth 1920s
 
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HEREFORDSHIRE

 

HEREFORD

Public Bath Street.

Swimming Pool

 

ROSS.

River Wye. Historic wild swimming venue.

Open Water Swimming


 

 

HERTFORDSHIRE

 

 
 


BARNET

Private Bath, high Street. Y.M.C.A. gymnasium in winter.

 

Swimming Pool

 

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. 


 

BERKHAMPSTEAD

Private Bath, Berkhampstead School. 

Swimming Pool

BISHOP STORTFORD

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

Open Water Swimming

 

BISHOP STORTFORD

Private Bath, College. Private.

 

Swimming Pool

Church End

Church End Open Air Pool Lido

Church End Open Air Pool Lido

 

HAMEL HEMPSTEAD

Public Bath, Boxmoor.

Swimming Pool 

HITCHIN.

Public Bath, Queen St.

Swimming Pool

LETCHWORTH

Bath.

Swimming Pool

Leominster

Sydonia Swimming Pool  Leominster

Sydonia Swimming Pool Leominster

 

RICKMANSWORTH

Public Bath, near Ebury hall. Open-air. Lido.

 British swimming history

Various shots of Denise Hubbard Rickmansworth open-air swimming pool practising various dives for the Olympics.

ST ALBANS.

Public Bath, Cotton Mill Lane.

 

Swimming Pool

Ware

Ware Lido Hertfordshire

Ware Lido Hertfordshire

 Ware Lido

Ware Lido Hertfordshire


WATFORD.

Public Bath, Five Arches. A splendid open-air bath and good accommodation. Lido.

Watford Swimming History

Watford Swimming and Water Polo Club was established in 1901 and the Club can trace it's origins back to the 1800's. More...

Bathing in River Lea, pre swimming pool 

Bathing in River Lea Welwyn Garden City

HUNTINGDONSHIRE

 

Huntingdon

River Ouse. Charge for private dressing sheds. Historic wild swimming venue.

Open Water Swimming

ISLE OF MAN

 

DOUGLAS

Public Bath, Victoria Street. Open only during the Summer.

Swimming Pool

DOUGLAS

Open-air Public Bath, Douglas head. Boxes owned by private party. Lido.

Swimming Pool

DOUGLAS

Shore. Sea. Machines. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

DOUGLAS

Sea. Port Jack. Historic wild swimming venue.

ISLE OF MAN DOUGLAS PORT SKILLION BATHING C1920

Isle of Man Douglas Port Skillinon Lido C1920 

RAMSEY

Sea. Machines. Building bath. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

PEEL

Sea. Boxes owned by private party. Historic wild swimming venue.

Peel Bathe Isle of Man

Peel Bathe Isle of Man 

PORT ERIN

Open-air public Bath. Lido. Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

KENT

 

ASHFORD

Public Bath, Beaver Road.

Ashford Swimming Baths History
 

BIRCHINGTON

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

BROADSTAIRS

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

CANTERBURY

Public Bath, Whiteall Road.

Swimming Pool

CHATHAM

Public Raft, River Medway. Historic wild swimming venue.

Open Water Swimming

DEAL.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

DOVER

Public Bath.

Swimming Pool

Dover The Marine Parade Sea Bathing Machines

Dover The Marine Parade Sea Bathing Machines

Sea Bathing at Dover

Sea Bathing at Dover

Swimming Dover Sea Front

Sea Swimmers Dover Sea Front 

 

 

ERITH

Publice Bath, Walnut Tree Road. School children, Saturday, 9 till noon. Admission 1d.

Swimming Pool

FOLKESTONE

Public Bath, Lower Sandgate Road.

Folkstone Lido Kent

Folkstone Lido Kent

Mixed Bathing at Folkestone

Mixed Bathing at Folkestone

West End Bathing Ground Folkwstone

West End Bathing Ground Folkwstone 

Mixed Bathing Folkstone

Mixed Bathing Folkstone

Sea Bathing Folkestone

Sea Bathing Folkestone

Bathers at Folkestone Kent

Folkstone Beach  Bathing Area

Folkstone Beach Bathing Area 

Bathing at Folkestone

Swimming History Folkstone Beach and Pier

Swimming History Folkstone Beach and Pier 

Mixed Bathing Folkstone Kent

Mixed Bathing Folkstone Kent

Gravesend Lido

Gravesend Lido

 

GILLINGHAM

Public Bath, Gillingham.

Gillingham Lido The Strand

The Strand Lido Gillingham

 

HERNE BAY

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.


Sea Swimming Herne Bay Kent 1920 British swimming history

 Sea Swimming Herne Bay Kent 1920

 

MAIDSTONE

Public Bath, Maidstone.

Swimming Pool

MARGATE.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

A Peep at the Mermaids Margate British swimming history 

A Peep at the Mermaids Margate

Ladies Bathing Place Margate

Ladies Bathing Place Margate

Bathing at Westonville Margate 

Bathing at Westonville Margate

Westonville Bathing Huts

Westonville Bathing Huts

Sea Bathing at Margate

Sea Bathing at Margate

 

Sea Bathers Palm Bay Cliftonville

Sea Bathers Palm Bay Cliftonville

 

Marine Bathing Pool Margate

Marine Bathing Pool Margate

 

Margate Sands Bathing Tents Palm Bay

Margate Sands Bathing Tents Palm Bay

Margate Wild swimming

Margate Wild swimming 

 

 

 

MARGATE

Public Bath, Cliftonville. 

 Cliftonville Lido

 Swimmers enjoy Cliftonville Lido

 Swimmers enjoy Cliftonville Lido

Cliftonville Lido Looking East

Cliftonville Lido Looking East

Cliftonville Lido Margate

Cliftonville Lido Margate

The Cliftonville Lido

The Cliftonville Lido 


Sea Bathing Cliftonville

Sea Bathing Cliftonville 

Cliftonville Bathing Pool Illuminated Northern Island

Cliftonville Bathing Pool Illuminated

 

NORTHFLEET

Open-air (public), At rear Factory Club, High Street. Lido.

Swimming Pool

RAMSGATE

Bath, Paragon Baths.

Swimming Pool

The Marina Bathing Pool, Ramsgate

The Marina Bathing Pool, Ramsgate

The Bathing Place at Ramsgate - Benjamin West 

The Bathing Place at Ramsgate - Benjamin West 1788

Marina Bathing Pool Ramsgate Kent

Marina Bathing Pool Ramsgate Kent

Lido Ramsgate

Ramsgate Bathing Pool

Ramsgate Seaside Lido

Ramsgate Seaside Lido 

 

SANDGATE

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

SANDWICH.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

SHEERNESS

Open-air (private), off the Broadway and Promenade. Lido.

Swimming Pool

SITTINGBOURNE

Public Bath, The Butts.

Swimming Pool

TONBRIDGE

Public Bath, Recreation Ground.

Tonbridge Bathing Place British swimming history

Tonbridge Bathing Place

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Publice Bath, Monson Road.

Swimming Pool

 

LANCASHIRE

 

ACCRINGTON

Public Bath, St James Street.

Swimming Pool

ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE

Public Bath, Henry Square.

Swimming Pool

ATHERTON

Public Bath, Mayfield Street.

Swimming Pool

BACUP

Public Baths (2), Rochdale Road.

Swimming Pool

BARROW-IN-FURNESS

Public Bath, Abbey Road.

Swimming Pool

BLACKBURN

Publice Baths (2), Freckleton Street.

Swimming Pool

BLACKBURN

Lake, Queen's Park. Historic wild swimming venue.

Open Water Swimming

BLACKBURN

Public Bath, Belper Street. Reserved for ladies on Tuesday.

Swimming Pool

BLACKPOOL

Public Bath, Corker Street.

Swimming Pool

Cocker Street baths flattened in 1974

BLACKPOOL

Public Baths (2) South Beach. Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Blackpool Baths

Blackool Open Air Baths

Sea Swimming
 

The Bath Blackpool 

The Bath Blackpool

Open Air Lido Blackpool

Open Air Lido Blackpool 

Derby Baths Blackpool

Derby Baths Blackpool 

BOLTON

Public Bath, Bridgman Place.

Swimming Pool

BOLTON

Public Bath, High Street.

Swimming Pool

BOOTLE

Public Bath, Baliol Road. Salt water.

Swimming Pool

BOOTLE

Public Bath. Ladies only. Open-air. Lido. Under 16 free.

 

Swimming Pool

 

BRIERFIELD

Bath.

Swimming Pool

BURNLEY

Public Baths (2), Bath Street.

Swimming Pool

BURNLEY

Public Bath, Gannon Lane.

 Swimming Pool

BURY

Public Bath, St Mary's Place. School children free during holidays.

Swimming Pool

BUTTERWORTH

Public Bath, off Manchester Road.

Swimming Pool

CHADDERTON

Public Bath, Middleton Road.

Swimming Pool

CLITHEROE

River Ribble. Historic wild swimming venue.

Open Water Swimming

CROMPTON

Public Bath, Farrow Street.

Swimming Pool

DARWEN

Public Bath, Church Street.

Swimming Pool

ECCLES

Public Bath, Milton Street.

Swimming Pool

EDENFIELD

Open-air, Edenfield. Lido.

Swimming Pool

FARNWORTH

Public Bath, King Street.

Swimming Pool

FLEETWOOD

Sea. Few machines for ladies. Historic wild swimming venue.

Wild Swimming Sea Bathing Fleetwood

Wild Swimming Sea Bathing Fleetwood 

 

GARSTON

Sea. Bath building. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

GRANGE

Sea. No accommodation. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

HEYWOOD

Bath, Fox Street.

Swimming Pool

LANCASTER

Public Baths, Cable Street. Hon. Instructors teach scholars.

Swimming Pool

LANCASTER

Private Bath, Grammar School. Confined to scholars.

Swimming Pool

7 days in Prison for swimming in the Lancaster Canal British swimming history 

LEIGH

Public Bath, Silk Street.

Swimming Pool

LYTHAM

Public Bath, Central Beach. Gentlemen only. Historic wild swimming venue.

Swimming Pool

 

Sea Swimming
 

 

LYTHAM

Public Bath, Central Beach. Ladies only. Historic wild swimming venue.

Swimming Pool

 

Sea Swimming
 

 

LYTHAM

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

Open Air Pool St Annes-on-Sea Lancashire

Open Air Pool St Annes-on-Sea Lancashire

 St Annes-on-Sea Lido Baths 1923

St Annes-on-Sea Lido 1923

 

 

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, St Mary's Road, Garston.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Cornwallis Street. Salt and fresh water.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Margaret Street.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Westminster Road. Salt water.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL.

Public Bath. Steble Street.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Lodge Lane.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Beacon Lane. Shower and spray baths for coal-heavers, etc.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Lister Drive.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Picton Road.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL.

Public Bath, Borroughs Gardens.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Burlington Street. No charge for admittance.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Gore Street. No charge for admittance.

 

Swimming Pool

 

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath (2), Queen's Drive, Walton.

 

 Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Green Lane. No charge for admittance.

Swimming Pool

LIVERPOOL

Public Bath, Mansfield Street. No charge for admittance.

Swimming Pool

A LIVERPOOL LIDO. WALLASEY 

Lido Wallasey Lancashire

Lido Wallasey Lancashire 

 

MANCHESTER

(OSBORNE STREET). Open-air, Philip's park. Open Summer only. Lido.

Swimming Pool

 

 

Heaton Park

Heaton Park Lido Manchester

Heaton Park Lido Manchester 

MANCHESTER

Public Baths (3), Rochdale Road.

 Swimming Pool

Urmston - The Swimming Bath 

Urmston - The Swimming Bath

Changing Cubicles Victoria Baths Manchester

Changing Cubicles Victoria Baths Manchester

 

Swimming Baths CHEADLE HULME SCHOOL STOCKPORT Manchester

Swimming Baths Cheadle Hulme School Stockport Manchester

 

 

Morecambe

Bathing Pool Morecambe

Morecambe Lido

Morecambe Lido

The Bathing Pool Morecambe

The Bathing Pool Morecambe

Morecambe West End Bathing Sands

Wild Swimming at Morecambe West End Bathing Sands 


New Brighton

New Brighton Bathing Pool

New Brighton Super Bathing Pool 

 

NEW ISLINGTON

Public Bath, New Islington.

 Swimming Pool

NEW ISLINGTON

Public Baths (2) Ancoats.

 

Swimming Pool

 

MAYFIELD

Public Bath, Stove Street.

Swimming Pool

 

 

MAYFIELD.

Public Baths (2) London Road.

 Swimming Pool

LEAF STREET

Public Bath, Stretford Road.

Leaf Street Baths & Wash House - Males 1st Class Swimming Bath

Leaf Street Baths & Wash House - Males 1st Class Swimming Bath 

 

LEAF STREET.

Public Baths (2) Hulme.

 

Swimming Pool

 

GORTON

Public Bath, Hyde Road.

Swimming Pool

 


GORTON

Public Bath, Gorton.

 

Gorton Baths pool

Gorton Baths pool

 

 

WHITWORTH

Public Bath, Ashton old Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

WHITWORTH

Public Bath, openshaw.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CHEETHAM

Public Baths (2) Cheetham Hill Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

RED BANK

Public Bath, mount Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

NEWTON HEATH

Public Bath, Willock Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

NEWTON HEATH

Public Bath, Oldham Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

VICTORIA

Public Bath (1st) High Street.

Swimming Pool

 

VICTORIA

Public Bath (2nd), High Street. 

Swimming Pool

 

VICTORIA

Public Bath (Women), High Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

MIDDLETON

Public Bath, Manchester Old Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

BRADFORD

Public Bath (1st), Victoria Street.

Swimming Pool

 

BRADFORD.

Public Bath (2nd), Ashton new Road. Public Bath (Women). 

Swimming Pool

 

HARPURHEY.

Public Bath (1st), Rochdale Road. Public Bath (2nd). Public Bath (women).

Swimming Pool

 

MORECAMBE

Open-air sea pool, Sea Front. Lido.


Super Swimming Stadium, Morecambe, Lancs 1961 British swimming history 

Super Swimming Stadium, Morecambe, Lancs

 

MOSSLEY

Sea, Sands. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

NELSON

Public Bath, North Street.

Swimming Pool

 

OLDHAM

(CENTRAL). Public Bath, Union Street. Ladies only.

 

Swimming Pool

 

HOLLINWOOD

Public Bath, Heron Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

WATERHEAD

Public Bath, Cedar Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

ROBIN HILL

Publice Bath, Robin Hill.

 

Swimming Pool

 

PRESTON

Public Bath, Saul Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

PRESTON.

Open-air (public) Moor Park. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool

 

RADCLIFFE

Public Bath, Whittaker Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

ROCHDALE

Public Bath, Smith Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

ST HELENS

Public Baths (2), Boundard Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

ST HELENS

Public Bath, Warrington Old Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

ST ANNE'S-ON-SEA

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

SALFORD

Public Baths (2) Blackfriars Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

SALFORD

Public Baths (2) Regent.

 

Swimming Pool

SALFORD

Public Bath, Pendleton.

Swimming Pool

SALFORD

Public Bath, Salford.

Swimming Pool

SALFORD

Public Baths (2), Broughton.

Swimming Pool

SOUTHPORT

Public Bath, Promenade. Ladies' Club.

Southport Lido Lancashire

Southport Lido Lancashire

Southport Lido

Southport Lido

 Southport Lido

Southport Lido

Southport Bathing Pool

Southport Bathing Pool

Southport Bathing Lake

Southport Bathing Lake 

Bathing Lake Southport

Bathing Lake Southport 

SOUTHPORT

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

STALYBRIDGE.  

Public Bath, Market Ground.

Swimming Pool

STRETFORD

Public Bath, Dorset Street. Bath thrown open free on Saturday morning to school children and free tuition given.

Swimming Pool

OLD TRAFFORD

Public Baths (2), Northumberland Street.

Swimming Pool

OLD TRAFFORD

Private Bath, Deaf School.

Swimming Pool

SWINTON

Public Bath, Swinton Hall Road.

Swimming Pool

TYLDESLEY

Public Bath, Union Street.

 

Swimming Pool

ULVERSTON

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

WALTON-IN-LE-DALE

River Ribble. By permission. Historic wild swimming venue.

Open Water Swimming

WARRINGTON

Public Bath, Leigh Street.

 

Swimming Pool

WIDNES.

Public Bath, Waterloo Road.

 

 

Swimming Pool
 

 

WIGON.

Public Bath.

 

Swimming Pool
 

 

WOOLTON

Public Bath.

 

Swimming Pool
 

 

LEICESTER

HINCKLEY

Public Bath, Staion Road.

 

Swimming Pool

Hinckley Lido Netherley Road

Hinckley Lido Netherley Road

LEICESTER

Public Bath, Bath Lane. Demolished

Bath Lane Baths Leicester 1894
 

 Leicester Bath Lane Swimming Baths

Leicester Bath Lane Swimming Baths

LEICESTER

Public Bath, Knighton Lane. Demolished and replaced by Aylstone Leisure Certre.

Nigel Allsopp writes: "I have much enjoyed your web site and wish that I could have enjoyed Wild swimming, unfortunately Lansdowne Boys school didn't succeed in teaching me, we went to the now demolished Aylestone baths, instruction was at the end of a rope which held you up as long as they maintained a grip on it, but after a few strokes they relaxed the grip and under we went. it was not until I was 25 that a workmate taught me along with his children at Wigston baths in the late 60s."

"Aylestone baths still sticks in my mind, Victorian I think with lots of cast iron and coloured tiles, the noise was tremendous when we were all in the water, echoing off the walls, at the end of the session if you were hungry and in funds you could buy a slice of bread and jam for a penny from the kiosk where you paid the entrance fee on going in. I remember the man doling it out at a penny a slice had very dirty finger nails and I just couldn't bring myself to be a customer."

 

LEICESTER

Public Bath, Vestry Street. Demolished.

LEICESTER

Public Bath, Cossington street. STILL OPEN.

 
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Read: Penny for a swim in the dirty water... The history of swimming at Cossington Street Swimming Baths.

LEICESTER.

Public Bath, West Humberstone. Demolished.

LEICESTER

River, Abbey Park Road. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Abbey Meadows Bathing Station

The Attendants Kiosk, Abbey Meadows Bathing Station

Wolsey Bathing Suits 

Wolsey Bathing Suits

LEICESTER

River, Bede house Meadows. Historic wild swimming venue.

The Bede House from the air. a swimmer Paradise lost. Wild Swimming history: river - lake - lido - sea - history

See video.

Requests have been made to once again tolerate river swimming in Abbey Park Leicester, but sadly without success.

Leicester Lido Boat House Aylestone

Aylstone Boat House Lido

Mr William Williams writes: "I was delighted to discover your pages about Aylestone Riveside Gardens. My parents often talked about this place and how they would spend many happy hours swimming there with their friends. My father even admitted that if money was short he and his friends had found a place where they could help each other over the fence and get in for free! My parents even held their wedding reception there on 29 March 1937"

Leicester Lido 

Leicester Lido Demolished February 1974 

 Leicester Lido in Scraptoft Lane was open for swimmers between 1935-75 but was sadly demolished in February 1994

 

From the Leicester Mercury:

"They had large black rubber tyre inner tubes in the water for the bathers' enjoyment.

"Unfortunately, there were only two or three of them. You had to wait until one became free and then there was a mad scramble to get hold of it.

"The main pool had a very high diving board which we used to jump from, but never tried a dive from that height.

"There was a shallow paddling pool adjacent to the lawned area, which was always packed with sunbathers.

"I recall being taken to the lido once or twice with the school when the weather allowed and we never knew until we got there if we were allowed to go in, because of the water temperature.

"With our teachers in attendance and lots of boring rules, it wasn't as good as when we went on our own! More...

 

 

South Wigston Swimming Baths 1930

 

 South Wigston Swimming Baths 1930 

 

LOUGHBOROUGH

Public Bath, Queen's park.

 

Swimming Pool

 

MARKET HARBORO'

Public Bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

MELTON MOWBRAY

River, Swan's Nest. Historic wild swimming venue.

Wild Swimming at Swans Nest Melton Mowbray Leicestershire 

 Swans Nest, River Bathing Place, River Eye, Saxby Road, Melton Mowbray 1930

Wild Swimming at Swans Nest Melton Mowbray Leicestershire 

Wild Swimming at Swans Nest Melton Mowbray Leicestershire 

OADBY

Public Bath, Main Street.

 

Swimming Pool
 

 

LINCOLN

 

ANDERLEY.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

BOSTON

Public Bath, Ladies' bath separate.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CLEETHORPES

Public Bath, Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming
 

Cleethorpes Lido

Cleethorpes Lido 

CLEETHORPES - Beachcomber Swimming Pool - 1973

Cleethorpes - Beachcomber Swimming Pool - 1973 

GAINSBOROUGH

Publice Bath, Lea Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

GRANTHAM

Public Bath, Little Gowerby. Ladies, 10 to 12 daily, and two free days.

 

Swimming Pool

 

GRIMSBY

Public Bath, Orwell St.

 

Swimming Pool

 

GRIMSBY.

Public Bath, higher Grade School. Public three days a week.

 

Swimming Pool

 

GREAT GRIMSBY

Public Bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

LINCOLN

River Witham and Brayford. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

Mablethorpe

Bathing Basin Mablethorpe

Bathing Basin Mablethorpe

Swimming Exhibition Mablethorpe

Swimming Exhibition Mablethorpe

Swimming Basin Mabelthorpe

Swimming Basin Mabelthorpe 

Mablethorpe sea bathing

Mablethorpe Sea Swimming

SKEGNESS.

 

Public Bath.


Skegness Bathing Pool

Skegness Bathing Pool

Skegness Lido 1928 

 Skegness Lido

Skegness Bathing Pool 

Polo Match at Skegness Bathing Pool

 Skegness Lido Lincolnshire

Skegness Lincolnshire

 Skegness Bathing Pool and Fountain

 Skegness Bathing Pool and Fountain

Skegness Lido and Childrens Pool

Skegness Lido and Children's Pool

 

Sea Swimming North Sands Skegness

Sea Swimming and Bathing Machines North Sands Skegness

Bathers on the beach at Skegness

Bathers on the beach at Skegness

Butlins Skegness indoor Swimming pool 

 

Butlin's Skegness indoor Swimming pool

Butlins Skegness Outdoor Swimming Pool

Butlin's Skegness Outdoor Swimming Pool

 

SPALDING

River (private). Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

STAMFORD

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

Stamford Meadows Bathing Place

 River Bathing at Stamford Meadows

 

 Stamford Bath House

Stamford River Bathing Place

Wisbeach

 

Wisbeach Open Air Swimming Baths Lincolnshire
 

 

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