Swimming History Picture of the Week: Deer Leap swimming pool, Ringshall


Deer Leap swimming pool, Ringshall, now derelict after more than 50 years of pleasure. See Map

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Andy writes: One of the last privately run lidos in the UK. It had a great location on the edge of the village in the Chilterns overlooking woods. I believe that it closed after the 1998 season and was still extant & derelict the last time I passed in 2002. From Dacorum Council’s website, it seems that the planning appeal for the latest housing development scheme (for 1×4 bed and 1×5 bed) on the site has just been withdrawn.The picture postcard yellow and blue changing rooms had quite a pronounced list, even when the pool was still open and were sometimes used for glamor model shots.

The pool was quite small, but there was a good sized car-park, extensive lawns as well as the sunbathing terraces and a very efficient refreshment kiosk, so 1000’s could be packed in on peak days . Being privately, rather than local authority run, it seemed to also have escaped the attention of the HSE and the diving boards were still in use up until closure. This helped to make the atmosphere very lively on a hot summer day!

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