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Jesus Green Swimming Pool is a lido situated on Jesus Green in Cambridge. Opened in 1923, it is one of the few remaining examples of the lidos built across the country in the 1920s — open air pools with space for activities other than swimming. Unusually, the pool is significantly longer than it is wide — this was a design idea to mimic swimming in the nearby river. It opens for public bathing between May and September every year.

Jesus Green, though only 15 yards (14 m) wide, is among the longest outdoor swimming pools in Europe at 100 yards (91 m) in length (the largest freshwater lido is Tooting Bec Lido in London, which is the same length, but 33 yards (30 m) wide).[1]

It has a depth of 1.2 metres (3.9 ft) at each end, and a maximum depth of 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) in the centre. Diving is allowed into the centre section of the pool. On busy days, the pool is delineated into lanes, with general recreational swimming occupying two thirds of the pool's width, and a fitness lane taking up the other third.

Located alongside the River Cam opposite Chesterton Road between Jesus Lock and Victoria Avenue Bridge, the pool has sunbathing space and is paved on one side with grass on the other.

Despite past attempts to shut it down, it has remained open and remains as one of the defining features of Cambridge in summer time. In 1997, the pool facilities were upgraded, with new shower and toilet facilities added, although the new design was complained about, due to problems with the architecture and plumbing. Despite the upgrades, the pool still retains most of its original features and remains of interest from a historical point of view.

Cambridge 4

Jesus Green Swimming Pool is a lido situated on Jesus Green in Cambridge. Opened in 1923, it is one of the few remaining examples of the lidos built across the country in the 1920s — open air pools with space for activities other than swimming. Unusually, the pool is significantly longer than it is wide — this was a design idea to mimic swimming in the nearby river. It opens for public bathing between May and September every year.

Jesus Green, though only 15 yards (14 m) wide, is among the longest outdoor swimming pools in Europe at 100 yards (91 m) in length (the largest freshwater lido is Tooting Bec Lido in London, which is the same length, but 33 yards (30 m) wide).[1]

It has a depth of 1.2 metres (3.9 ft) at each end, and a maximum depth of 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) in the centre. Diving is allowed into the centre section of the pool. On busy days, the pool is delineated into lanes, with general recreational swimming occupying two thirds of the pool's width, and a fitness lane taking up the other third.

Located alongside the River Cam opposite Chesterton Road between Jesus Lock and Victoria Avenue Bridge, the pool has sunbathing space and is paved on one side with grass on the other.

Despite past attempts to shut it down, it has remained open and remains as one of the defining features of Cambridge in summer time. In 1997, the pool facilities were upgraded, with new shower and toilet facilities added, although the new design was complained about, due to problems with the architecture and plumbing. Despite the upgrades, the pool still retains most of its original features and remains of interest from a historical point of view.

comments (15)

A rainy day at the pool, soon...
Bill Phillips: It did rain much later but only a brief heavy shower
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 28 Jul 2016, 02:52
Nice pic of a fine, historic installation, Bill.

I suppose it should be re-named Jesus Blue, as they seem to have run out of the green paint.

Also...I suppose they will sell tickets next time Jesus comes along and demonstrates his walking-on-water technique.
Bill Phillips: It will probably be a Sky TV exclusive
  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Jul 2016, 04:51
Joli contraste entre la piscine ensoleillée et le ciel nuageux.
Bill Phillips: The pool bottom is painted blue!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Jul 2016, 04:59
What a treasure to have that pool. I do hope that people use it to have fun and stay fit.
Great angle and LOVE the clouds.
Thanks for the write-up.
Bill Phillips: I have never seen anything quite like it before LAdy P
I bet many people are using that beautiful swimming pool in Summer Bill. I lke the perspective here.
Bill Phillips: The chap there said they would be busy in the school holidays
  • Philine
  • United States
  • 28 Jul 2016, 07:22
And you three stooges put off your clothes and dived into this large swimming pool- what a pleasure to have that on your own.
Bill Phillips: Um actually we didn't bring our swimming trunks
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Jul 2016, 07:46
An excellent image. I thought this place to be charming when we visited with Professor Trim
Bill Phillips: It was indeed a gem from the past
A happy day when ole Richie blagged his way in every place. And this the place where he went to admire the young ladies swimming.
Bill Phillips: There was only one mature lady in the water as i recall. No doubt in his youth it was filled with comely wenches
Wow, nice bit of history. Looks like an excellent spot.
Bill Phillips: Long and narrow. A hundred yard long pool is a real rarity!
Why are there no people in the pool?
Bill Phillips: There was one. In the school holidays and at weekends it is pretty busy I was told
Glad this is still there, we have one not far from us at Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
Bill Phillips: We have an outdoor lido in Droitwich but not one that is 100 yards long
I learnt to swim in this pool in the early 50's ... We had to break the ice when we plunged in, in April.
Bill Phillips: I believe you.......thousands wouldn't
Good series ... I don't remember the clouds being so dark when we wandered around
Bill Phillips: You were too busy looking for scantily clad ladies
the swimming pool ends at the vanishing point Bill... your treatment makes the colours pop under such a dark sky....petersmile
Bill Phillips: It is the most unusual pool, I have ever seen Peter.
Good to know it's still there - so many lidos and pools have been lost.

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