Hampton Pool

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Hampton Pool
Coordinates: 51°25′06″N 0°21′29″W / 51.418308°N 0.357941°W / 51.418308; -0.357941
Address High Street, Hampton, London
Postcode TW12 2ST
Opened 1922*
Operator Hampton Pool Trust
Type open-air, heated
Length 36 metres (118 ft)
Width 14 metres (46 ft)
Website hamptonpool.co.uk
  • The pool closed in 1981 and reopened in 1985.

Hampton Pool, High Street, Hampton, London is a heated open air pool or lido which unusually is open 365 days of the year. It is currently managed by YMCA London South West.[1]

Description[edit]

The pool is 36 x 14 metres. There are two slides. In addition there is a small pool (12 x 7 metres) for children.

Other facilities include a gym, fitness-studio and cafeteria.

It is operated by the Hampton Pool Trust, a registered charity (number 294117)[2] and not for profit company (number 01870925).[3] It has been managed by YMCA London South West on behalf of the Trust since 2007.[1][4] The Trust's fund-raising activities also include summer open-air concerts.[5]

History[edit]

The lido was built in 1922 after plans approved in 1914 were delayed due to the outbreak of the First World War.

In 1939 a diving pit and filtration system was added and in 1961 further improvements included widening the pool, adding a new building and a car park.

By 1980 Richmond Council decided to close the lido for financial reasons. After local community campaigning, in which over £60,000 was raised, the pool was reopened in 1985. The management of the pool was transferred to Hampton Pool Ltd, a company created by the campaign group.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "YMCA LSW Swimming". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hampton Pool". Charity Commission for England and Wales. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Company details". Companies House. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Legal structure". Hampton Pool. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hampton Pool Concerts". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Ashley Norris (6 July 2002). "Travel: On the cheap: Lidos: The city's beaches: If you can't make it to the coast, try your local lido. Ashley Norris samples eight in a day". The Guardian. Finally, a little dazed by the sun and tired from driving, I arrive at Hampton Lido in west London. I couldn't have picked a better time to visit, for it is 80 years to the day that the pool first opened. The lido still looks in pretty good shape. The 36m pool is heated, open all year round and caters for families as well as serious swimmers. 
  7. ^ For a detailed history of this lido, see Smith, Janet (January 2006). Liquid assets: the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain. English Heritage. ISBN 0-9547445-0-0.  Page 162, and "Our History". Hampton Pool. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 

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