Durnsford Road Baths

When we moved into this neighbourhood, I looked for a swimming pool, but all the ones nearby seemed to have closed. My AtoZ showed one where Sunshine Garden Centre is now, but when I went there it had changed identity! Gardens rule these days.

It would be lovely to hear other people's memories/stories of what this neighbourhood used to be like.

Here's a film of a Diving Display at Durnsford Road Baths shown in Pathe News in 1939 (thanks to Bowes and Bounds Connected for the link). It's a bit cheesy, but this was on the eve of world war...

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  • We used to go to the pool in the 80s. The children were taken there once when I was at work and the two year old got a very red sun tan!

    • Oops - though not really considered a problem in those days!  Was the swimming pool nice to use?  I guess it wasn't as big as it looks in the newsreel.


  • I really love this bit of film. Amazing also to think that the houses we get a glimpse of in the film were probably no more than 10 years old..

    • Yes, the film was shot nearly 80 years ago! The neighbourhood must have been changing fast during the '30s, with new houses springing up in lots of odd corners.


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