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Grange Lido


The lido in Grange-over-Sands, accessed off the Promenade, was constructed in 1932 and designed by Mr Bernard Smith, Grange over Sands Urban District Council Surveyor. There was an official opening ceremony on the 18th August 1932. The outdoor pool was unheated and filled with filtered water taken from the sea at high tide - though shifting tidal currents have moved the sea further to the east, compared to when it was built. The Lido was very popular with both swimmers and spectators. However, it was closed in 1993 after a report suggested that essential repairs and ongoing maintenance would be too expensive. A public group, 'Save Grange Lido', is campaigning to restore it to it's former glories as a swimming pool. In 2019, the council allocated almost £2m for work to make the lido structurally sound and some 'light touch' refurbishments, including infilling, so that it can be reopened as a public space (in a way which would not preclude future use as a swimming pool). Grange Lido is Grade II listed on the National Heritage List for England.

Grange Lido is an open-air 50 m sea-water swimming pool, or lido, in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, England. It opened in 1932 and closed in 1993, but campaigners are working to see it re-opened as a swimming pool. The lido is in Art Deco style, and is grade II listed.

History and architecture

The lido opened in 1932. The buildings were designed by Grange-over-Sands Urban District Council's surveyor, named Bernard Smith or Thomas Huddlestone. The lido sits on Grange promenade on the shore of Morecambe Bay, although the changing course of the River Kent means that the sea is at some distance from the promenade, separated by salt marsh. The pool was filled with filtered sea-water at high tide, and was unheated.

The buildings are in Art Deco style. Historic Pools of Britain describes the lido as "A very fine intact Art Deco mushroom shaped lido in a stunning setting on the edge of Morecambe Bay".

English Heritage state the reasons for the lido's grade II listing in 2011 as:

  • Completeness: as a complete example of a 1930s lido with the survival of all key ancillary buildings and structures
  • Pool: for the unusually shaped pool, designed for multiple uses and which retains its original stepped diving stage.
  • Historic: as an evocative reminder of the former popularity of sea-side towns such as Grange over Sands and the inter-war cult of fresh air, fitness and mass leisure

Pevsner's The Buildings of England (revised ed. 2010), within its description of Grange promenade, simply says "Lido, 1933, closed 1992, and now very forlorn".

The lido suffered damage from floods in 1977, when the outer wall was breached, but celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1982 with a special gala.

Closure and future

The lido closed in 1993, after a report suggested that necessary repairs would be too expensive to be justified.

In 2011 the Save Grange Lido campaign was established, aiming to "transform it into a vibrant community owned leisure facility with a restored 50m pool at its heart." The group has produced a detailed business plan setting out how it believes this could be achieved. It is a community benefit society.

In 2015 South Lakeland District Council began to consider future uses for the site which would not include a swimming facility: the pool area was to become a "landscaped open space". In February 2019 the council allocated £2million for "light touch refurbishment" of the lido, to include making it structurally sound, bringing it back into public use, and providing refurbished units for community groups or entrepreneurs.

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Ruined Leisure Centre, Grange-over-sands, Cumbria

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The Abandoned Lido - Grange-Over-Sands

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Grange-Over-Sands Lido

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Grange-over-Sands Lido

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Ruined Leisure Centre, Grange-over-sands, Cumbria

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Save Grange Lido
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Grange Over Sands Lido - List Entry
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The Lido Gallery
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List number: 1402086
List grade: 2
County: Cumbria
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