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Swimming pool – building the terraces in the 1960’s

Seen here in the early 1960’s, is the building the terraces of the sea pool, quite an undertaking at the time.

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Swimming pool – Clifton College sports day 1940’s

A large crowd watches Clifton College’s sports day in the sea pool in the 1940’s. Clifton College were evacuated from Bristol in 1941 to escape the bombing and were accommodated at the Westcliff, Erdiston and Hartland Hotels, There is a memorial on Summerleaze Down to mark the gratitude of the […]

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Swimming pool – the high diving board in 1939

Seen here in 1939, the sea pool used to have 2 diving boards, a springboard near south end and, at the north end, this high board. Whilst many people would question the value of railings around the pool walls, the idea of encouraging high diving into an area of variable […]

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Swimming Pool – the springboard in 1931

A view of the springboard near the south end of the pool being used in 1931, not long after the pool was built (although it does look a bit “photoshopped”!); traces of the structure can still be seen. In the background the terracing has not yet been built but there […]

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Swimming pool, newly opened in 1930

A view from 1930, showing the newly opened sea pool, unoccupied on a wild and windy looking day. On the left is the tidal paddling pool, which was later closed and filled in on safety grounds, as it was dangerously slippery.

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Sea Pool Opening 1930

The opening ceremony for the Sea Pool by the Thynnes.

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Building the Sea Pool 1929

Workers construct the sluice opening of the sea pool in 1929.

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Building the Sea Pool 1929

The sea pool nears completion in 1929/30.

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Summerleaze – the pool area 1893

This shot, from 1893, shows the area where the sea pool will be built 35 years later. There is already a section of stepped path down the cliff.

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Summerleaze 1926 – Monday’s Pit

Several of the tidal pools on Summerleaze, before the building of the sea pool, were, for some reason, named for days of the week. The present cross-pit was “Saturday’s Pit” and the one in this picture, from 1926, was called “Monday’s Pit” and occupies the area where the current sluice […]

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