Grange-over-Sands Lido

Grange-over-Sands Lido
The arrival of the railway in 1857 transformed Grange-over-Sands
from a small fishing village to a popular seaside resort. As a result,
the salt water Lido was constructed in 1937 by Bernard Smith a
local Surveyor at the time. The popularity of swimming encouraged
many seaside towns to make it essential to have a Lido to attract
summer visitors.
Sadly, after the war the popularity of Lido’s faded causing many
Lido’s became uneconomic to run due to poor attendances and
change in taste. The Grange-over-Sands Lido followed suit and
eventually closed in 1993 but was fortunately granted Grade 2
listed by English Heritage in 2011. The Lido at Grange-over-Sands
managed to gain over 10,000 signatures demanding that the lido is
not destroyed. However, the site has become a controversial subject
with locals in dispute with the council. The South Lakeland district
council which owns the site concluded that the site would be
unfeasible for swimming purposes. However, the council has come
up with an alternative renovation to reopen the site. The locals beg
to differ and 74% of the residents wants to be able to swim there
Local campaigners have ambitious plans to bring the lido
back to life as it is the only remaining Northern Lido and the iconic
pool is an architecturally significant symbol for Grange-over-Sands.
The ‘SAVE GRANGE LIDO’ website has been set up for people to
get involved and donate to bring the pool back to life. With 2019
being the Year of the Lido, there is growing supports across the
country to refresh these forgotten waters. Similar cases such as the
Saltdean Lido near Brighton reopened after locals raised £3m,
following the wake of Jubilee Lido in Penzance.
Will Grange-over-Sands follow suit? We certainly hope so!