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Bushy Lido (Hampton Pool)
1922 to 1980

Hampton Pool
Hampton Pool 1959, courtesy of Brenda Whittaker

“Hampton pool (by Bushy) I used a lot when I was at secondary school in the late 1950's and early 60's when my Grandad worked there distributing the clothes baskets after he had retired and I got in free!

Hampton pool had it's changing cubicles along one side and the baskets were handed in and were collected when finished swimming. I don't remember there being much of a grassy area at that time, and it certainly wasn't heated.” (Brenda Whittaker)

One resident remembers:
"Hampton Lido (Bushy), which opened in 1922, closed in 1981 when my children were very young but following a campaign by local people it was reopened under new management in 1985.

The campaign raised £60,000 – including grants from the Greater London Council and Hampton Fuel Allotments.

I remember the lido was a very popular place for children to meet their friends and have picnics by the pool. Hampton was the lido of choice as the Twickenham lido had closed."

Hampton Pool

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