Victoria Park Lido

Stimulated by reading Roger Deakin’s Waterlogged, I remembered that I had friends who used to go swimming every morning in Victoria Park.   But where ?  The answer must have been in the Lido, designed in 1934 by H.A. Rowbotham and T.L. Smithson with a shingle beach and diving boards and opened in May 1936 by Herbert Morrison as part of a three-year ‘Labour Plan for Health for London’.   Re-opened after war damage in May 1952, with accommodation for a thousand swimmers, it was closed (dates vary) in 1989, demolished in 1990 and not re-instated when the Park was recently revived.

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