New member - Elias Kupfermann
- A warm welcome to Elias Kupfermann who lives in Slough.
"I work for Slough Museum. I am interested in the lidos in Slough and
Maidenhead, Berkshire. I am also giving advice on the possible restoration
of the Baylis House Lido* in Slough."
We now have 28 members.
A very happy New Year to all.
- ON my travels and killing time this afternoon I was in Ruislip and had some
time to kill and decided on a little tour of Ruislip - I came across a sign
post to Ruislip Lido (which I couldnt see on the Lido database - or have I
missed it) It looked rather interesting with a large 1930's building with
two circular towers at either end - the building had been converted into a
pub and thus I supposed was saved and has delightful chevron paines of glass
in all the windows - I suppose quite a unique survival.
Can anyone furnish further details on this rather interesting structure and
- There is rather a brief entry at
but I intend to move and expand it on the webpage on Closed Lidos in London.
The building you mention may be "the modern main building was built in the
art-deco style 1936 by George W Smith. A swimming area was constructed in
the reservoir in front of this, which was done by laying a concrete base in
(under) the water flanked on either side by piers is a "horseshoe" shape.
The main building itself contained, principally, a cafeteria, the buildings
either side of it housed on one side the turnstile and ticket area and on
the other side changing rooms. In May 1936 the Lido was formally opened by
the Earl of Howe".
See also the website
mainly about the railway!
See also previous Messages to this group
Nice period photograph attached. Name the actress!
- During my cataloguing of the Slough Museum collection I have come across
photographs of two public open air swimming pools (I am not sure if they are
classed as lidos). The first is the Baylis House open air swimming pool
(picture enclosed) and the second the Montem Swimming pool (now gone) -
both seem to be 1930's in origin.
Slough Borough Council are looking into restoring and making the Baylis
House swimming pool to its former glory
I would be grateful if you have any information on them or alternatively
might be worthwhile adding to your database/website.
- The swimming pool at Baylis House Hotel was opened on 27 May 1933 in
time for one of the best summers of the 20th century. It
was "bottle" shaped with a total length of 160 feet and a width of 60
feet in the deep end & 30 feet in the shallow end. The maximum depth
was 8 feet. The pool is extensively advertised in local newspapers
during the 30's.