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Hampton Pool

Hampton Pool
Address High Street, Hampton, London
Postcode TW12 2ST
Opened 1922*
Operator Hampton Pool Trust
Type open-air, heated
Length 36 metres (118 ft)
Width 14 metres (46 ft)
Website hamptonpool.co.uk
  • The pool closed in 1981 and reopened in 1985.

Hampton Pool, High Street, Hampton, London is a heated open air pool or lido which unusually is open 365 days of the year. It is currently managed by YMCA London South West.[1]

Contents

  • Description 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Description

The pool is 36 x 14 metres. There are two slides. In addition there is a small pool (12 x 7 metres) for children.

Other facilities include a gym, fitness-studio and cafeteria.

It is operated by the Hampton Pool Trust, a not for profit company (number 01870925).[3] It has been managed by YMCA London South West on behalf of the Trust since 2007.[1][4] The Trust's fund-raising activities also include summer open-air concerts.[5]

History

The lido was built in 1922 after plans approved in 1914 were delayed due to the outbreak of the First World War.

In 1939 a diving pit and filtration system was added and in 1961 further improvements included widening the pool, adding a new building and a car park.

By 1980 Richmond Council decided to close the lido for financial reasons. After local community campaigning, in which over £60,000 was raised, the pool was reopened in 1985. The management of the pool was transferred to Hampton Pool Ltd, a company created by the campaign group.[6][7]

References

  1. ^ a b "YMCA LSW Swimming". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hampton Pool".  
  3. ^ "Company details".  
  4. ^ "Legal structure". Hampton Pool. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hampton Pool Concerts". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Ashley Norris (6 July 2002). "Travel: On the cheap: Lidos: The city's beaches: If you can't make it to the coast, try your local lido. Ashley Norris samples eight in a day".  
  7. ^ For a detailed history of this lido, see Smith, Janet (January 2006). Liquid assets: the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain. English Heritage.  

External links

  • Official website
  • Lidos in the UK
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