Stanborough Swimming Pool

By Susan Hall

This picture appeared in the Welwyn Times on 11 July 1935 along with the following comment

“Critics of the Lea Valley Pool have described it as “unpopular” and “dismal” but this photograph taken last week-end by Mr C F Plowman shows that it is still used by some citizens. Over 1,100 visited last Sunday.”

The pool closed for good in 1999.

This page was added on 27/10/2011.

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  • I also remember this pool so well. I attended Saint John’s Church School in Lemsford and walked from school to the pool every week during summer season for swimming lessons. This was in the late 1940s. It was later up graded with an additional learners’ pool and sea sand facility. I lived on the old A1 at stanborough between 1940 until 1964. Wonderful memories wading across the river Lea.

    By Rodney Tufts (08/04/2020)
  • Remember school swimming lessons at the pool in the 1950s. Often the temperature was 58 or 60F and freezing. A welcome cup of Oxo afterwards warmed us up. Lived opposite pool on the old A1 and used to paddle across the River Lea to get to the pool. Halcyon days. Such a shame it closed in 1999.

    By Bee Wiles (30/08/2017)