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Parliament Hill Fields Lido

A Grade II Listed Building in Highgate, London

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Latitude: 51.5565 / 51°33'23"N

Longitude: -0.1513 / 0°9'4"W

OS Eastings: 528261

OS Northings: 185793

OS Grid: TQ282857

Mapcode National: GBR DV.NJN

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.B4DN

Entry Name: Parliament Hill Fields Lido

Listing Date: 11 January 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113025

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477352

Location: Camden, London, NW5

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Highgate

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Mary Brookfield

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/30/1866 (North West side)
Parliament Hill Fields Lido


Open air swimming baths. 1937-8. By Harry Arnold Rowbotham.
For the London County Council Parks Department. Patterned
stock brick, flat roofs concealed behind parapets. Rectangular
plan, with entrance to south flanked by changing rooms,
filtration plant to east and offices to west, all in a
single-storey U-shaped building. This form continued as walls
shielding sun-bathing terraces to north, set either side of
single-storey cafe with curved moderne-style front. In the
centre is the pool, 60m by 27m, with fountains or aerators to
either side.
All buildings with small metal windows, except for the cafe
which has large glazed panels with horizontal metal glazing
bars continued across double doors at centre.
HISTORICAL NOTE: included as the most sophisticated of the
thirteen lidos constructed by the LCC between 1909 and 1939.
No other British city attempted so comprehensive a programme,
and Parliament Hill Fields is considered the best
representative example of the rectangular pools enclosed by
high walls found in urban locations.
(The Twentieth Century Society: Farewell My Lido: London:

Listing NGR: TQ2826185793

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