Brentwood, Swimming Pool c.1955

Brentwood, Swimming Pool c.1955

Neg. B198005

Memories of Brentwood, Swimming Pool c1955

I Return To Brentwood

I have just returned from a visit to Brentwood after many years living overseas. It was sad to see the town hall is no longer in the High Street. The Odeon cinema has gone & so has the Palace cinema. The White Hart hotel where I used to work as a boy has also gone. The City Bus garage in Ongar Road is no more. The Hutton Residential School cottages & swimming pool have been bulldozed down & a posh estate has been built in its place where once all the orphaned kids from East London used to live...oh & Wilsons shop and Wilsons Corner has also gone. Will they rename it now to Brentwood Crossroads...ah thats called progress. I also used to work for Matthews & Son in Kings Road, Brentwwod during the second world war, there is now a trendy pub in its place. All the best, James Chalkley.

The Ursline Girls School

Does anyone remember during the '40s when the Ursline Girls School got bombed and caught fire. I think it was the same night the Brentwood Senior Boys School got bombed and we all had three months off school. I put my time to good use - I used to go out blackberry picking and sell them sixpence a basket. I made half a crown per day, Jim Chalkley.

The 2nd World War Years Brentwood

I remember during the 2nd world war years I used to go swimming at Brentwood. The steps in this photo leading to the pool is where I saved a young boy from drowning. In those days the young boys who could not swim had a habit of jumping in the deep end just by the steps - when they reached the surface they would grab hold of the rail at the top of the steps and climb out. But on this particular day, this boy misjudged it - I saw him laying on the bottom of the pool so I jumped in and got him to the side of the pool; he was unconscious. People rushed to help me get him out, we laid him on the floor then the first aid people took over. I tugged the nurses uniform and said I was the boy who saved ...Read full memory

Happy Days

Ah Brentwood swimming pool, such happy memories. Taking the Green line bus from Romford, Mum with picnic packed would take my sister Noreen & I to the pool regularly during the summer holidays, arriving early and leaving late. I remember paddling in the kiddy pool & swimming in the big one, buying rainbow popcorn in the shop & lots of children to play with, sheer bliss. My Auntie Jenny worked in the Thermos factory which backed on to it, and in her lunch hour would give us a few coppers over the fence to spend in the cafe.

A memory of Brentwood

A Cup Of Bovril And A Bag Of Crisps After A Swim!

I used to go to Brentwood swimming pool with my school St Martin's for girls and can remember going when it reopened for the new year - easter and it was absolutely freezing! I was not much of a swimmer so can remember it being torture for me. i also used to go with my friends during the summer when we would have a swim and afterwards, after dodging the boys flicking their wet towels (i am sure you know who you are out there!!) which was horrible because if it caught you it hurt like hell, we would queue up at the kiosk and buy hot bovril and a bag of crisps. i can remember there being a children's pool as well. it was always crowded in summer. by janet aldridge (nee leggett)

Social Life At The Pool!

I was five years old when this photograph was taken and would have occasionally been taken to the pool by my mother.  My older sister would have come too.  As we got older it was a great place to hang out as teenagers and we would often go for a swim after school and then walk home to Shenfield (saving the bus fare to buy a bag of chips at the fish and chip shop opposite the Green Dragon in Shenfield). We went to the Ursuline Preparatory School (The Grange) and then on to the secondary part at 11.  The swimming pool was always cold but as teenagers we were more interested in posing and looking for boys than doing much swimming!  The boys used to show off by diving, jumping etc off the ...Read full memory

A memory of Brentwood by Anthea Hilson
Buy this as an Unmounted Print
  • S
    22% Off! Was: £19 £14.82
  • M
    22% Off! Was: £29 £22.62
  • L
    22% Off! Was: £38 £29.64
  • XL
    22% Off! Was: £55 £42.90
  • XXL
    22% Off! Was: £85 £66.30
  • XXXL
    22% Off! Was: £105 £81.90

Added to your Shopping Basket

Your photo has been added to your Shopping Basket.

A Quick Reminder

We have lots of frame and mount options for your photo of Brentwood.

See your photo framed or mounted

Embed This Photo


You may copy this code to your website or blog to display this photo.
Learn more.

By using this service you agree to our terms and conditions of use.
Strictly for non-commercial use. Commercial users contact us.

More about Print Only, Framed and Mounted Prints

Available in a wide variety of sizes, along with many options, we'll have the finish you want and if not - please ask, we make everything to order and can offer a fully bespoke service, if required.

More about Canvas Prints

Available from 16"x10" up to a wall-filling 60"x38", canvas prints make a real impact and bring the photo you choose to life. Bespoke sizes available upon request.

More about Presentation Frames

If you want to give a gift with real significance, that will be treasured for years to come, then have this photo framed - with a personal inscription to commemorate the day and event!

You have a maximum of three lines and 200 characters to use for your own message. This message always appears in addition to the title on a print.

Use this photo

More about our Home Decor Products

  • Window Blinds

    Now available as stunning, custom-printed window blinds in a choice of materials. Printed and made-to-measure just for you, this is what your windows have been waiting for!

    More Information
  • Wallpaper

    Transform a wall and travel back in time with one of our photos printed directly onto wallpaper. Supplied in rolls with all instructions and available in any width from 500mm.

    More Information

More About Window Blinds

Frith photos are now available printed direct onto made-to-measure window blinds and available in either a semi-transparent or blackout fabric finish and fully customisable to fit your window and decor at home.

  • Individually printed to order!
  • Custom-fitted to your dimensions, from 500mm to 2000mm
  • Available in two fabrics: 'Semi-Transparent' or 'Blackout'
Use this photo

More About Wallpaper

The quality of most Frith photos is so good they can be enlarged to create wall sized enlargements! A wall filled with a single photograph has enormous impact and it's easy to achieve.

  • Individually printed to order!
  • Custom-fitted to your dimensions, from 500mm
Create Wallpaper!

More about our Gift Products

  • Gift cards

    Available in a wide range of values, our Gift Cards make an ideal present when you want to give the gift of choice to a friend or loved one. Can be sent via email or by post.

    More Information
  • Calendars

    Use this photo in your own calendar. You will need 12 photos altogether and only landscape photos can be used (those that are wider than they are high).

    More Information

More about our Gift Cards

Design your own unique calendar. Choose a different photo and add a personal message for each month, starting on any month you wish. You can't get more personal than that!

  • Available in the following denominations:
    £20, £30, £40, £50, £60, £100, £150
  • Available in 10 different designs!
  • Can be sent in the post or via an email
  • Send to either yourself or direct to a chosen recipient
Select a Gift Card!

More about our Calendars

Design your own unique calendar. Choose a different photo and add a personal message for each month, starting on any month you wish. You can't get more personal than that!

  • Individually printed to order!
  • Available in 2 designs: 'Appointment' or 'Wall Planner'
Start Creating a Calendar!