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Opening Day 28 July 1906: 3/4

Tooting Bathing Lake was opened by Alexander Glegg, the Mayor of Wandsworth, on Saturday 28 July 1906. Dignitaries from the London County Council (which owned the pool) were also present, as well as the Revere...

Opening Day 28 July 1906: 3/4

Opening Day 28 July 1906: 4/4

Alfred French was the first bathing attendant at the new pool. He is unlikely to have had the skills of a modern-day lifeguard. He was accorded the honour of being allowed to take the first official dive into ...

Opening Day 28 July 1906: 4/4

SLSC Letter to London County Council

The first recorded letter from the South London Swimming Club to the London County Council, which originally owned the site. It is dated 28/09/1906 and is from the Club Secretary, G C S Sage. In it, he request...

SLSC Letter to London County Council

Christmas Day 1908

A Christmas Day race (for men only) was held on 25 December 1908. Races may also have been held in 1906 and 1907 but this year, for the first time, there was a prize: a silver trophy presented by Mr A Burton. ...

Christmas Day 1908

Digging Out of the Bathing Lake

Tooting Bathing Lake, as the pool was originally known, was built in about four months between March and July 1906. It was a work scheme for unemployed men, with about 400 in total participating in the project...

Digging Out of the Bathing Lake

Diving Boards

The diving boards were a popular feature of the lido until they were dismantled in the 1970s for Health & Safety reasons. The figure on the right-hand side, wearing uniform, is the lifeguard Alfred French. Not...

Diving Boards

Rev John Hendry Anderson

The Rev Anderson was Rector of Tooting from 1897-1913. Originally from Scotland, he had spent part of his childhood in the Surrey village of Tooting where his father, William Anderson, was a Non-Conformist min...

Rev John Hendry Anderson

Old Entrance, c. 1906

The outside of the original entrance which was sited at the southern (deep) end of the pool. The building included Ladies and Gents toilets which were accessible from the Common. In the 1930s a red-brick pump...

Old Entrance, c. 1906

Opening Day, 28 July 1906

The scene on the opening day after all the formalities had been completed. According to one local paper, hundreds of small boys 'unblushingly undressed and were sampling the quality of the water long before th...

Opening Day, 28 July 1906

Opening Day, 28 July 1906

The Mayor of Wandsworth, Alexander Glegg, formally opened the pool on Saturday 28 July 1906. It is referred to here as 'the Pond' but was actually called Tooting Bathing Lake. Glegg was keen to promote swimmin...

Opening Day, 28 July 1906
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