The Scientist and Author of Thirteen Published Books
Anthony W Johns.
I saved this pool from fast demolition.
This outstanding Art Deco Lido swimming pool has just received UK Lottery funding and will be a major sports venue with a new fitness center for Ipswich and East Anglia bringing wealth to Ipswich and the surrounding area when it reopens in 2019 - 2020 with New Diving boards.
The view west along the length of the pool to the entrance.
The diving boards to be replaced and cafeteria updated.
Please click on the Art links below to view all the pictures of the pool.
This pool was very badly managed by Ipswich Borough Council who own this pool in 1992 through to 1998.
Realizing that the pools was in a dangerous deteriorating condition I knew if the pool was closed that it would soon be demolished after closure. I wrote to IBC to send me photographs of the pool and inquired about original plans for the pool and would IBC send me any such information on the pool to try to preserve it.
IBC in their response were not helpful. I trespass climbed over the insecure perimeter fence early one morning to photograph every aspect of the pool, I own the copyright to the photographs that are displayed on this site art-1 to art-6 published above. I made further inquiries and discovered there was a chronological history for the pool in the Suffolk County Council Record Office. This office was very helpful and advised me to contact the C20 society. Please refer to the letters published below and the good news publication found Here .
A big thank you to the supporters for the reopening of the broomhill pool that support savebroomhillpool.org with vast amounts of time and energy in fund raising, admin, and meetings. There are many people that have contributed large sums of money to savebroomhillpool.org to cover large expenses in surveys of the broomhill pool and on going expenses, I thank you. This domain will be donated to savebroomhillpool.org or the pool operator if the pool opens again for public use.
The author was in communication with the Sports Council and many other organizations including the C20 ( 20th Century Society ), between 1998 and 1999. This C20 society gets preservation orders on outstanding 20th Century Architecture that in refurbishment is not only outstanding, but also such property: when refurbished, to provide a useful purpose.
A grade2 preservation order was obtained after my support, sending photographs and drawings for the Broomhill pool to the C20 society. The preservation order was granted by The Department Of Culture Media And Sport on the 24 August 2001. I received a letter from the C20 society thanking me for all my help regarding research and information that allowed them to get this grade2 listing. The thank you letter was received from Eva Branscome 18 February 2002 with a copy of the listing. A copy of the letter from Eva Branscombe is published at the bottom of this page.
letter 1. A.W.JOHNS 34 BISHOPS HILL IPSWICH SUFFOLK IP3 8EN. TEL O1473 423166 FAX 01473 423868 DATED 12 07 99 REF C:\99\9923.TXT MS. BRONWEN EDWARDS THE 20TH CENTURY SOCIETY 77 COWCROSS ST. LONDON EC1M 6EJ Dear Ms. Edwards, Thank you for your letter stating your concern at the lack of response from the Ipswich Borough Council in respect of your representations made to IBC stating your interest in obtaining listed building consent for the local well supported Broom Hill Swimming Pool. IBC have been trying to close the Broom Hill Pool for about Fifteen years, If it where not for a well published rewarding for local people campaign ran by the Ipswich Evening Star Newspaper last year to keep the Broom Hill pool open, I feel this precious lido would now be a local building developers good fortune. I enclose as much newspaper material as I can to help you. If you approach the Evening Star I feel sure that they will help you as much as they can to keep this much loved well used local asset. Good Luck with your honourable credit worthy cause, I am, YOURS SINCERELY TONY JOHNS I enclose some newspaper cutting's that may be of use to you. The Evening Star Newspaper can be contacted at 30 lower Brook St. Ipswich Suffolk. The pool was built in the early 1930,s The pool is very unusual, hearsay, in that it is metric 50 metres by 25 metres, built for European competition. If this is so, possibly the only lido in the country built as such. If the Evening star cannot provide good photographs depicting architecture, please communicate with me and I will try to get these for you. letter 2. A.W.JOHNS 34 BISHOPS HILL IPSWICH SUFFOLK IP3 8EN. TEL O1473 423166 FAX 01473 423868 DATED 18 10 99 REF C:\99\9936.TXT CAROLYNE BOILEAU THE 20TH CENTURY SOCIETY 77 COWCROSS ST. LONDON EC1M 6EJ TEL 0171 2503857 Dear Carolyne, Thank you for your request for photographs of the Broom Hill swimming pool in Ipswich Suffolk. The architecture's best aspect features are from the inside of the pool. Outside is either woodland or built up covered. The photographs presented reflect this. As highlighted in previous correspondence the pool is most unusual, built in the nineteen thirties with metric tank dimensions, possibly the only lido pool in the country with this feature. I enclose a not to scale plan, plan view, of the pool I hope that this will be useful to your committee. The arrows on the plan indicate concrete walk ways. The broken lines around the pools water tanks areas are three foot steel fencing. The broken lines around the exterior of the drawing is six foot steel mesh fencing. The exterior solid lines are walls. I hope that the photographs and plans that I have prepared for your organisation are useful to you, wishing you every success with the listed building control. YOURS SINCERELY TONY JOHNS letter 3. A.W.JOHNS 34 BISHOPS HILL IPSWICH SUFFOLK IP3 8EN. TEL O1473 423166 FAX 01473 423868 DATED 23 10 99 REF C:\99\9938.txt MR. SENIOR THE 20TH CENTURY SOCIETY 77 COWCROSS ST LONDON EC1M 6EJ TEL 0171 2503857 RE, YOUR INTEREST IN THE GRADE THREE LISTING OF THE BROOM HILL SWIMMING POOL IN IPSWICH. Dear Mr. Senior, Thank you for your telephone call Friday 22nd, enquiring as to who the architects were for the Broom Hill Swimming Pool in Ipswich. I telephoned Ipswich Borough Council the proprietors of the pool, their planning dept. To old I was told, pool to old, no records. I went to the Suffolk County Council local records office today to research this, they where very helpful. The architect for the Broom Hill pool was a Mr. Birkin Hayward. Birkin also helped to compile and edit for the Suffolk County council a dictionary of architects work 1800 - 1914. This pictorial and text publication was printed and published by Suffolk County Council, Rope Walk Ipswich. Birkin could have been connected with the firm of Brown Hayward Kindred. I Hope that this information is of use to you. I am YOURS SINCERELY TONY JOHNS letter 4. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY SOCIETY C20 SOCIETY 70 COWCROSS STREET LONDON. ECIM 6EJ TONY JOHNS 34 BISHOPS HILL IPSWICH SUFFOLK IP3 8EN 18TH FEBRUARY 2002. Dear Mr. Johns. Broomhill pool, Sherrington Road, Ipswich. Suffolk. The Twentieth Century Society is happy to announce the listing of the Broomhill pool at Grade 11 through the DCMS on 24 August 2001. Thank you for all your help regarding research and information. I have enclosed a copy of the listing details for your reference. The society depends on active members such as you as a source for crucial information regarding threatened buildings of our period. I am also enclosing some membership information for you and the other interested residents you may know. Although we receive a small grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable us to continue our work, we are also heavily reliant on membership subscriptions. You may also like to know more about our history and activities: The Twentieth Century Society was founded in 1979 as the Thirties Society to protect British architecture and design after 1914. As a National Amenity Society, our conservation activity ranges through all types of building from telephone boxes and open air swimming pools to factories and banks and, of course domestic architecture. It includes buildings of quality in all the styles current since 1914 - Classical, Neo-georgian, Neo-Tudor, Art Deco, and modern. Our advice is sought by local planning authorities, English Heritage and the Department Of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Society also answers enquiries from teachers, students and members of the public. From it's earliest years the society anticipated the need to protect buildings from after 1945, and it's campaign for official recognition of their historical importance led, for example, to the listing of the Royal Festival Hall and Coventry Cathedral. Many events are organised for members including visits, lectures, conferences and foreign tours. A sample copy of Previous Events programme is attached, together with a Membership Form. Further information can be found on our web site at www.c20society.org.uk Once again I would like to thank you for contacting us. It is often through interested members of the public that we are notified of such matters. I hope the above information is informative and look forward to welcoming you as a member of the 20th Century Society. Please Stay in touch. Kind regards, Eva Branscome. Casework officer.