Tuesday, 13 April 2010


Open Air Bathing PoolOpen Air Bathing PoolOpen Air Bathing PoolThese photographs are from Gaynor Williams. The postcards at the top are from early 1930s and depict an unusually large crowd at the promenade’s Open-Air Bathing Pool (or 'The Baths' if you like). The event may have been the opening day in 1930. Swimming outdoors in unheated water was not the only self-inflicted punishment on offer; the other photos show a Keep Fit class there, the lower picture is a detail of the one above.

Love those costumes.

SAT 25th NOV 2017 UPDATE: Also staged there - exhibition diving. The following card postmarked 1956 captures one such event nicely.

Open Air Bathing Pool