Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby

A behind-the-scenes look at a swimming pool in Grimsby that opened in 1962 and was popular until its closure in 2015.

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby
 

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The Grimsby Swimming Pool, know locally as Scartho Baths and usually pronounced “Scaffa Baffs” opened in 1962. The size of the pool was 110ft by 42ft with a depth range from 3ft to 6.5ft. The deepest section was in the centre, with a shallow end at each end of the pool. A barrier towards one end divided the pool into two – a 25m (half Olympic) area with 6 lanes, and a smaller area used for swimming lessons and specialist activities. To one side of the pool there was a 12.5ft deep diving bay which provided a springboard and a 3m high firm diving board. There also used to be 5m high platform, but this was removed many years ago. A large spectator area could seat 618 people.

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - External in 2011

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Grimsby Swimming Pool – External in 2011 (By steveparrottphotography.com used under CC licence)

In 2008 a review was commissioned to examine the current and future usage of swimming facilities in the Grimsby area including both Scartho Baths and the pool at the nearby Grimsby Leisure Centre. The review recommended a rationalisation/replacement programme including the delivery of a single new facility with sufficient swimming pool capacity. A further survey of the condition of all leisure facilities was also carried out and this confirmed the high levels of expenditure required to replace essential plant and equipment at the end of its useful life, and to also maintain buildings over the next 5-10 years. As a result, a new swimming facility was built in Grimsby and Scartho Baths closed in December 2015.

The Swimming Pool

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - The pool and viewing area

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – The pool and viewing area

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Pool with divider at one end

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Pool with divider at one end

Scartho Baths - View from spectators seating

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Scartho Baths – View from spectators seating

Scartho Baths - View from diving board

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Scartho Baths – View from diving board

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Diving board

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Diving board

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Lane marker rope in the pool

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Lane marker rope in the pool

The place became Scaffolding Baths for a while too…

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Float and scaffolding in the pool

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Float and scaffolding in the pool

Scartho Baths - Lots of scaffolding

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Scartho Baths – Lots of scaffolding

Scartho Baths - Shallow end

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Scartho Baths – Shallow end

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - The swimming pool during early demolition works

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – The swimming pool during early demolition works

Changing rooms and public areas

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Changing room

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Changing room

Scartho Baths - Changing room

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Scartho Baths – Changing room

Scartho Baths - Showers

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Scartho Baths – Showers

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Main entrance

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Main entrance

Scartho Baths - Activity advice centre

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Scartho Baths – Activity advice centre

Scartho Baths - Reception area

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Scartho Baths – Reception area

Scartho Baths - Stairway to viewing area

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Scartho Baths – Stairway to viewing area

Scartho Baths - Gymnasium

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Scartho Baths – Gymnasium

Plant Room and Behind-the-Scenes Areas

The plant room is where the water is pumped around, cleaned, heated and chlorine controlled. A tunnel extends from the plant room all the way around the outside of the pool, allowing access for servicing of the pipes that carry water to and from the pool.

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Pool control room

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Pool control room

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Ceiling void above pool

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Ceiling void above pool

Scartho Baths - Distribution boards above ceiling

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Scartho Baths – Distribution boards above ceiling

Scartho Baths - Filters in plant room

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Scartho Baths – Filters in plant room

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Filters, half filled with sand to keep the water clean

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Filters, half filled with sand to keep the water clean

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - Water treatment pipes and gauges

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – Water treatment pipes and gauges

Scartho Baths - Temperature gauges

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Scartho Baths – Temperature gauges

Scartho Baths - Valves and pipes

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Scartho Baths – Valves and pipes

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - The nine gas boilers that heated the pool water

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – The nine gas boilers that heated the pool water

Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby - One of the service tunnels that runs around the swimming pool

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Scartho Baths Swimming Pool, Grimsby – One of the service tunnels that runs around the swimming pool

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