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Lido at Ynysangharad Park

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Latitude: 51.6016 / 51°36'5"N

Longitude: -3.3388 / 3°20'19"W

OS Eastings: 307370

OS Northings: 190040

OS Grid: ST073900

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.B8W0

Mapcode Global: VH6DR.20RK

Entry Name: Lido at Ynysangharad Park

Listing Date: 26 February 2001

Last Amended: 26 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24891

Building Class: Recreational

Location: Ynysyngharad Park is on the E side of the town centre and River Taff. The lido is on the W side of the park.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Town: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Locality: Ynysangharad Park

Built-Up Area: Pontypridd

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Erected in the early 1920s and opened in 1923 as part of Ynysangharad Park. The park had facilities for a variety of sports, including tennis, swimming, bowling and cricket. It was established in the grounds of Ynysangharad House as a war memorial park. The lido is now disused.


Designed in a gentle Arts and Crafts style with restrained detailing. Comprising an outdoor pool surrounded by single-storey ranges of pebble-dashed walls painted white and pantile roofs with overhanging eaves and brick ridge stacks, roughly square in plan. The openings are now mainly blocked. The main entrance is on the W side. A central 5-bay entrance wing has a projecting gabled bay to the centre with battered side walls flanking the doorway, beneath a timber-panelled gable. Further R is a higher 4-bay wing with alternate windows and doorways, beyond which is a window set back at the end. On the L side of the entrance wing is a higher wing with a later lean-to and blocked window at the L end, beyond which are double gates.

At the NW corner is a projecting hipped-roof toilet block, while the remainder of the N side is a long open-fronted canopy on wooden posts, with benches inside. At the NE corner are flat-roofed additions, including a 3-window projection. The remainder of the E side is a plain low gabled wing continuous with the perimeter wall that has a rounded SE corner. On the S side is an open-fronted canopy similar to the N side.

The swimming pool is roughly rectangular in plan with a rounded projection on the E side.

Reasons for Listing

Listed, notwithstanding its present disuse, as one of the earliest and best-preserved outdoor lidos in S Wales.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Le Crazy Croissant
    5a-b occupies the S end of the lower storey of Market Chambers.
  • II The Arcade
    On the W side of Market Chambers.
  • II La Chop
    5c is the centre of the shops in the ground floor of Market Chambers.
  • II Pets Corner
    At the N end of the shops on the ground floor of Market Chambers
  • II Lloyds TSB Bank, Market Square branch
    On the S side of the junction of Market Street and Church Street, in the pedestrianised centre of the town.
  • II Market Tavern Hotel
    Within the pedestrianised area of the town centre on the N side of Market Chambers.
  • II Market Chambers
    On the corner with Church Street in the pedestrianised centre of the town. Market Chambers faces Market Street and incorporates shops known as 5-6 Market Street in its lower storey.
  • II National Westminster Bank
    On the corner of the junction between Taff Street and Mill Street.

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