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Pools On The Park (Richmond Baths)
1966 to Current

Pools on the ParkPools on the Park 1971 (Click image to view full size)


Pools on the ParkRichmond Baths in Parkshot was opened in 1882.

"Richmond Town Council has postponed a £35,000 scheme for an open-air swimming pool and sports pavilion in the Old Deer Park." Aberdeen Press and Journal 20 September 1938

In 1966 the baths were replaced by what became known as “Pools on the Park”. This combination of indoor and outdoor pools, a Grade II listed building, was the work of Leslie Gooday.

At this time lidos were in operation in Twickenham, Hampton and Teddington; Richmond seems to have been late to join outdoor swimming, apparently missing the heyday of the lido movement.

Ian Whittaker used to go to the old Richmond pool next to the Magistrates Court. He said the water was heavily chlorinated and you ended up with red eyes.

Brenda Whittaker only went to Richmond once - around 1965. A new pool was being built which opened soon after that.

Julie McCarthy used to swim at Pools on the Park in the 1960s; she would go there in the summer and take picnics. It has an indoor and an outdoor pool. There used to be diving boards and spring boards which are no longer there.

Pools on the Park - Lidos Alive

Above & Below, Pools on the Park
Courtesy Jo Bond, Centre Manager - Pools on the Park

Pools on the Park - Lidos Alive

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