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Roundhays Open-Air Bathing Pool - Memories Of Leeds

02 June 2017

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Welcome to another edition of Memories of Leeds, where we take a reflective look at the Leeds of Yesteryear. 

This photograph was taken on 29th May, 1944. Back then Roundhay Park was home to an outdoor bathing pool. 

According to research conducted by University of Leeds, " Image shows the open-air bathing pool at Roundhay Park, packed full with people on the occasion of the Whit Monday Bank Holiday in 1944, which for many would have been a rare opportunity to enjoy a day out with the family away from the turmoil of the Second World War."

The open-air pool was opened in June 1907, at a cost of just over £1,600; it was built mainly by unemployed citizens. During the 1950's and 60's around 100,000 people a year visited the outdoor pool, this would have been roughly 20% of the city's population at the time.

The pool was closed during the 19080s and is now a car park, however, during particularly bad weather the existence of the pool is evident in the form of flooding!

Do you have memories of Roundhay Park Bathing Pool? Get in touch with us via Facebook and share your stories with us!

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