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The Broomhill Pool Trust regularly organises various events in the aid of raising awareness and funds for the charity. Below are details of some of our previous events.
 
Broomhill Pool and Library - Heritage Open Days
 
Sep 09, 2017 10:00:00 , Sherrington Road, Ipswich IP1 4HT
 

Broomhill Pool and Library - Heritage Open Days - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September.
 
Sherrington Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HT
 
Opening Times
Saturday 9th September: 1000-1600
Sunday 10th September: 1000-1600
 
Additional information:
 
Broomhill Open Air Swimming Pool is just one of fourteen Grade II listed lidos left in England. It is the only listed lido in East Anglia (excluding Peterborough); and the only “Modernist” style public building left in Ipswich. The lido operated for 64 years before closure in 2002. The pool has the last Wicksteed diving stage in the country. It is the joint deepest outdoor pool and has the joint highest outdoor diving boards in Britain. http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1438431 
 
Broomhill Library (formerly Westbourne Library) was awarded a Grade II listing by English Heritage in November 2012.The EH listing stresses the unique group value of the “Broomhill twins”, and further strengthens the seventy year bond between the library (built 1942) and her adjacent sister building, Broomhill Pool (built 1938).  Both facilities were designed by County-Borough of Ipswich engineer, E. McLauchlan. Originally built as a WW2  bomb-proof, decontamination unit and public shelter, it was converted for a more peaceful purpose in 1948, as has served as public library ever since. http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1590781&sort=4&search=all&criteria=westbourne%20library&rational=q&recordsperpage=10
 
Directions
 
The buildings are located in beautiful Broomhill Park, a natural woodland purchased by the County-Borough in 1925 (from the illustrious Sherrington family).
Sherrington Rd is off A1156 Norwich Rd. Parking in specified area immediately past pool entrance.
 
Organised by
 
The Broomhill Pool Trust & Westbourne Library Friends
www.savebroomhillpool.org &
www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/libraries/broomhill-library/

 

 
Broomhill Pool - Heritage Open Days - Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September.
 
Sep 15, 2018 10:00:00 , Sherrington Road, Ipswich IP1 4HT
 

Broomhill Pool - Heritage Open Days - Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September.

 
Broomhill Open Air Swimming Pool, Sherrington Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HT
 
Celebrating its 80th Anniversary (due to reopen 2020). One of 17 Listed lidos in Britain, the Modern style pool building is one of the most attractive Lido style open-air pools in Britain and has an unrivalled position on the edge of Broomhill Park.
 
Broomhill Open Air Swimming Pool was designed by County-Borough of Ipswich engineer E. McLauchlan.
 
Built at a cost of £17,000, it was opened Saturday 30 April 1938.
 
55 yards x 20 yards and 8 lanes wide, the competition pool is one of the deepest outdoor public pools in Britain. The pool volume is 2.1 million litres of water. The pool has the last known Wicksteed (of Kettering) diving stage, incorporating 1,2,3,4 & 5 metre boards.
 
Facilities include a children's pool 12.5 yards x 20 yards); plus grandstand for 700 spectators and changing cubicles for 70 ladies and 108 men. The facility was originally furnished with flood lighting and underwater flood lighting. The water was filtered and heated to 70f/21c (before the boilers were requisitioned for WW2 in 1941).
 
Janet Smith wrote, in her definitive book “Liquid Assets” “Broomhill may lack the national profile accorded to Saltdean, Tinside or Penzance, but it is arguably their equal in architectural significance”.
 
The pool closed in 2002. A friends group was immediately formed, becoming the Broomhill Pool Trust in 2003. The Trust has worked tirelessly to ensure that this wonderful pool is saved.
 
In December 2017, Fusion Lifestyle, was awarded a £3.4m stage 2 HLF Funding grant, towards a final scheme of £6.2m. Broomhill Pool is expected to be enhanced, fully restored and reopened by Summer 2020. A fitness suite, heated water to 25c and a restoration to the Wicksteed Diving stage are also included.
 
Opening Times
 
Saturday 15 September: 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday 16 September: 10:00 to 16:00
 
Access
 
Site has been closed since 2002 and is partially derelict, awaiting restoration. Limited public to access to safer areas of the site only. Facility has uneven surfaces. Limited access for wheel chairs, buggies, etc. No toilet facilities. Refreshments can be purchased at neighbouring Broomhill Library. Please note that there will be road closures in the surrounding areas on 16th September due to the Great East Run taking place.
 
Additional Information
www.savebroomhillpool.org/
www.heritageopendays.org.uk
https://www.facebook.com/BroomhillPoolTrust/