Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Save Britain's Heritage


  We have recently learned about the Committee's investigations into the sport of swimming, and given our previous experience regarding the historic architecture of bathing feel it necessary to submit some written evidence concerning historic swimming pools and the problems affecting these buildings.

  I enclose for your information a copy of our publication "Taking the Plunge—the architecture of bathing". While written a while ago, it remains relevant today (not printed).

  Examples of the problems faced by historic buildings associated with swimming can be found in several cases that spring to mind: Droitwich lido, which is owned by a local authority that can no longer afford to run it; the Sydney Bathing Station at St. Leonards on Sea, built for the 1934 Empire Games and threatened with the demolition by the local authority; Cromer bath house facing demolition and replacement with a glass box, and Edinburgh's ruined historic pool to name but four. If you would like any further details of these cases, please do not hesitate to contact me.

20 November 2001

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