|I regularly visited the Lido, Southampton's public open-air swimming
pool, two or three times a week during my school holidays back in the
50s and 60s. Unfortunately, there's no trace of it now, but the happy
memories linger on.
|I found it surprising, even as a boy, that an open air pool should
be situated between a coal fired powered station, and a cable factory,
but in fact, it predated both. There had been an open air public baths
on the site since 1854 owned by Southampton Public Baths and Wash House
Company. In 1890 it was bought by the Corporation and rebuilt, which
included indoor ladies' and gents' pools at the front of the premises.