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A bird's-eye view.

IN the June edition of Remember When (issue 99) we published a photograph of some bathers at Redcar open-air swimming pool in the summer of 1935.

This photograph appeared as part of a whole page reproduced from the Stockton and Teesside Herald, which we feature every issue on pages 18 and 19. The open air swimming pool has long since been filled in and grassed over, but before the war, it was very popular. The pool and adjacent paddling pool for children was situated near where the parking lots are now on Majuba Road. This picture is a superb aerial view of the open air swimming pool area. The pool can be clearly seen to the left of the oval shaped stadium, which is next to the boating lake.

Stan Coates sent us this letter when he saw the photographs of the Redcar open-air swimming pool.

"The photograph you reproduced shows a group sunbathing at Redcar's open air swimming pool.

"The chap who appears in the middle of the picture in Remember When also appears in a picture I have of my father, so the picture may have been taken at the same time.

"Who this chap was I have no idea but it is possible my father knew him."

The large Victorian building complex in the foreground was Redcar Convalescent Home, it was demolished by Redcar Council in 1951 which means that this photograph obviously predates then and maybe pre-war. The convalescent home owed its existence to Teresa Newcomen and the Rev John Postlethwaite, vicar of Christ Church, Coatham, and was built at a cost of pounds 4,500 near to Newcomen Terrace, in 1861. Constructed in the Gothic style, the red bricks were ornamented with blue and white and the design was by Robson of Darlington.

In 1869 an extra wing was added, and in 1881 a chapel in the grounds, which seated 250 people and had seven stained glass windows.

There was accommodation for 45 patients, whose usual stay of convalescence was a month. Patients were welcome from any part of the country, although many were injured miners from the Northern coalmines. This photograph graphically illustrates the exact location of the open air swimming pool which may have been puzzling some of our younger readers.


?Customers enjoy a pint and a chat after work at the Shakespeare Hotel in the early 1950s ?Harold Davies behind the bar at the Shakespeare Hotel. Notice the electric fan over the casks of Burton Ale and the small collection of spirits ?Redcar open air swimming pool from the air with Redcar Convalescent Home in the foreground. The home was demolished in 1951. Photograph courtesy of Aerofilms, Gate Studios, Station Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1EJ (0208) 207 0666, from whom copies are available.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2011
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