LIQUID ASSETS by Janet Smith - "the bible of lido history"

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Bibliographic information:

Janet Smith
Liquid Assets - the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain
London, English Heritage / Malavan Media, July 2005
ISBN-10: 0954744500
ISBN-13: 978-0954744502
paperback, 160 pp.

To buy a used copy of this book.

To speak to the author, Janet Smith, please contact Jackie Spreckley or contact the publisher Malavan Media.

The book contains no Index, so I compiled an Index to places (PDF).


The book includes Case Studies on:



In addition the following pools are Featured:

Fellow’s Pool, Emmanuel College, Cambridge 1690
Peerless Pool, London 1743-1850
Cleveland Baths, Bath 1815-1984 (reopenable)
Clifton Pool, Bristol 1850 (reopened as The Lido)
Banbury Baths (proposed in 1855)
Southampton Baths 1853-1977
Pells Pool, Lewes 1860
Serpentine, London (Swimming Club 1864)
Cirencester Pool 1870
King’s Meadow Baths, Reading 1879-1974 (reopenable)
Burlington Street Free Open Air Baths, Liverpool 1895-1940s
Highgate Ponds 1920s
Hampton Pool, 1922
Prestatyn Bathing Pool 1923-?
London Fields Lido 1932-1988 (reopened 2006)
Ingleton Pool 1933
Chagford Pool 1934
Hathersage Pool 1934
Droitwich Spa Lido 1935-2000 (reopened 2007)
Greenbank Pool, Street 1937
Charlton Lido, London 1939
Oasis, London 1946
Arundel Lido 1960

At the back there is

See also the webpages from the publisher and from English Heritage.

Purchasing second-hand copies of "Liquid Assets":

1. Amazon UK has copies for around £45.

3. AbeBooks UK, or in the USA has copies quite often.

The publisher Malavan Media in London no longer has any copies for sale.

Oliver Merrington 
August 2005, updated July 2013.

Go to the www.lidos.org.uk homepage.