InspiringPlaces#2: Tinside Lido, Plymouth, Devon, UK

Brunel’s bridge over the Tamar River is spectacular. No doubt about it. But Tinside Lido wins my heart every time. Sunny (even when Britain isn’t), extroverted, elegant, it speaks of the short-lived social optimism of the 1920s and early 1930s. A leisure complex like this offers a total environment (a familiar concept today), and it envisions and demands a confident and hedonistic society. When lidos went out of fashion in the late twentieth century, Tinside suffered years of neglect. S. Wibberley’s design is now Grade II heritage listed, and was reopened in 2003 after extensive renovations.

Classic lido in Plymouth UK
Photograph by Catherine Howell, 2006.

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