The Lido operated from the same site for 123 years – although much extended and improved during that time.
The Lido was one of Southampton’ s best loved places for a good day out.
The Lido provided a real sea-side feature for Southampton in the heart a major city. It was built in 1854 and by the 1890’s (after a number of refits and expansions) included a large open air pool, a tepid pool, private baths (sometime called slipper baths) and a Turkish bath.
The open air pool was a sea water pool flushed and renewed at each high tide. That makes complete sense in the 19th and early 20th century before reclamation left the pool land-locked.
The Lido was exceptionally popular but was expensive to maintain – that was particularly the case with the concrete floor of the open air pool which sprung a number of leaks. That and a couple of fires in the 1960’s led to the decision to close the Lido complex in 1977.
The open air pool at the Lido was fed by seawater.
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