Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saltdean, Sussex. Lido and Seafront

On Tuesday, I continued my exploration of places in Sussex that I remember from my childhood and teenage years when, living in south east London, it was an area that we visited for holidays and later, when we had a car, day trips. My very first holiday was in the late 1940s to Saltdean. I remember parts of the holiday well as it was the first time I had been in a car and, although probably only three and a half at the time, I was allowed to go with my brother, 4 years older, to play in the quarry near our holiday bungalow. When I asked at the library the location Quarry Road, the lady said that there was no such road. However, she looked it up in a history of Saltdean and found it had been renamed Greenbank Avenue. I made her day she said!!
My memory is obviously not as accurate for the Saltdean Lido as I thought I remembered visiting it on that holiday. However, it was only open for 3 summers from 1938 when building finished and I certainly wasn't around then.
The lido was built to designs by the architect Richard Jones, and was hailed as the most innovative design of its type in Britain with its tea terrace, sun deck, cafĂ©, perched on the flat roof and distinctive curved wings at either end,  In the war it was a Fire Service training station.  The fire service left in 1945, but the lido remained closed for another 19 years. In 1962 Brighton Council bought it and drew up extensive refurbishment plans including a library and community centre. In 1995 the lido closed after falling attendances and the need for more repairs. It opened in 1998 after a £2 million restoration. It is now being restored once more and hopes to reopen this summer 
The 1938 image shows it at its zenith; the image from the 1990s is By Simon Carey

Below, other images from Saltdean and downs behind the town, trying out my Fuji system for various types of photography.

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