Both Broomhill Pool and it’s neighbour Broomhill Library will be taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September.
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. As widely reported, a not for profit operator, Fusion Lifestyle, backed by Ipswich Borough Council, has submitted a Heritage Lottery Fund bid this summer seeking to restore the lido. Broomhill Pool’s future is reliant on a positive outcome, which may possibly be known by the time of Heritage Open days.
Broomhill Library (formerly Westbourne Library) was awarded a Grade II listing by English Heritage in November 2012. The English Heritage 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.
The buildings are located in beautiful Broomhill Park, a natural woodland purchased by the County-Borough in 1925 (from the illustrious Sherrington family).
Both the Pool and the Library are situated in Sherrington Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HT and will be open for the public to have a look round from 10am both days.