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Bathurst outdoor Swimming Pool, Lydney.

Lydney outdoor swimming pool 1930s

Bathurst Pool, Lydney in the 1930s.

This swimming pool, located between Lydney and Aylburton, was given to the district in October 1920 by Charles Bathurst (who became Viscount Bledisloe in 1935) .
In the background are 2 of the chimneys of the Lydney Tinworks.

Lydney Grammar School used this pool for swimming lessons.

The stone reads "This swimming bath was presented to the inhabitants of Lydney & Aylburton by Charles Lord Bledisloe K.B.E. on the occasion of the coming of age of his elder son the Hon Benjamin Ludlow Bathurst 2nd October 1920".

It is now (2016) run by volunteers and "The Friends of Bathurst Pool". The web site can be reached from this link.

Peter Essex added (November 2010): "... I shiver at the sight. If I recall its on what was then the main A48 not far beyond the Cross towards Aylburton on the left. As a feeble Londoner spending school holidays with my grandparents in Lydney I wasnt at all accustomed to cold-water open-air pools. You'd get out shaking throughout with a horrible cold pain on the top of your head if it had been under the surface and on a breezy day you'd have swallowed leaves. But looking back now this was all part of growing up. If the pool is still in use then Im pleased because it means health and safety wimpage hasnt yet entirely suppressed character formation".

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