Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Hidden Lido Revealed

Underground Kent has an excellent story on the Margate Lido. Visit the site for more information and photos. An extract below:

"In the 1920's the Lido at Cliftonville was completed to cater for the popularity of sea bathing. The Lido was built on the existing Clifton Baths Estate, beneath which ran many passageways used by smugglers in previous centuries. The underground complex consisted of bars, cafes and an indoor warm sea water pool with nearby changing facilities. The Lido was hugely popular from it's construction right through to the 1960's. A winter storm in January 1978 which destroyed Margate Pier also wreaked havoc with the Lido, particularly the outdoor pool. Reconstruction work was never even considered, and even today the Lido faces almost certain demolition."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember a friend of mine opened a nightclub there in the late 80s for a while. There was a long stairway down to a large round room covered in black paint and glitter. It was oval in shape from the floor to the ceiling. I believe the club had been open in an earlier guise years before as Churchills? (Before my time). He said there was a lower level where the sea came in and people used to sit around the outside at tables and chairs there, though for whatever reason he never opened this part.