Jubilee Pool, Penzance
Description: Jubilee Pool
Date Listed: 4 March 1993
English Heritage Building ID: 351301
OS Grid Reference: SW4763229828
OS Grid Coordinates: 147632, 29828
Latitude/Longitude: 50.1148, -5.5314
Location: Battery Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AF
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SW 47 29 PENZANCE BATTERY ROAD
7/10003 Jubilee Pool
Seaside lido. Built 1935 to the designs of Captain F Latham,
Borough Engineer. Painted concrete. Triangular plan, jutting
into the sea, with stepped terraces descending from the entrances
at road level: square-headed openings to rows of dressing boxes
built into terraces. The concrete has been moulded in order to
create a graceful series of Art Deco curves. A particularly
striking design, which received much favourable comment at the
time. It is now the finest surviving example of its type with
the exception of the Saltdean Lido in Brighton (listed grade II).
In Europe, lidos such as the Piscine Molitor in Paris of 1929
were the first to adopt the modernist style in order to embody
the worship of sunlight and physical fitness. The seaside lido
manifested the transformation of sea bathing in the 1920s from
a predominantly health activity into a leisure activity, and
because it was freed from the constraints in planning of more
conventional pools it presented local authorities with the
opportunity to emulate Continental fashions.
Listing NGR: SW4763229828
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