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Summerleaze before the pool
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In this fairly poorly tinted postcard from the 1920’s, is a south-facing view showing the area of Summerleaze where the sea pool will be built. You can trace the shape of the pool in the rocks, just the structure is...

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Summerleaze – Monday’s Pit 1920
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Another view of Monday’s Pit on Summerleaze beach in 1920, before the pool was built. The steps from Summerleaze Down are there – although they look a bit unsafe – but the concrete area with the steps up from the beach will not exist for another 10 years. At the back are the Beach Tea Rooms and an unaltered Summerleaze...

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Swimming pool – Clifton College sports day 1940’s
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A large crowd watches Clifton College’s sports day in the sea pool in the 1940’s. Clifton College were evacuated from Bristol in 1941 to escape the bombing and were accommodated at the Westcliff, Erdiston and Hartland Hotels, There is a memorial on Summerleaze Down to mark the gratitude of the school to the residents of Bude for providing a safe refuge from 1941 to...

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Swimming pool – the high diving board in 1939
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Seen here in 1939, the sea pool used to have 2 diving boards, a springboard near south end and, at the north end, this high board. Whilst many people would question the value of railings around the pool walls, the idea of encouraging high diving into an area of variable depth water must be a bit suspect! Traces of the structure can still be...

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Swimming Pool – the springboard in 1931
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A view of the springboard near the south end of the pool being used in 1931, not long after the pool was built (although it does look a bit “photoshopped”!); traces of the structure can still be seen. In the background the terracing has not yet been built but there are ample changing tents for the many...

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Summerleaze 1926 – Monday’s Pit
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Several of the tidal pools on Summerleaze, before the building of the sea pool, were, for some reason, named for days of the week. The present cross-pit was “Saturday’s Pit” and the one in this picture, from 1926, was called “Monday’s Pit” and occupies the area where the current sluice gate...

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