Westbury Pool marks 125th anniversary

In the lead up to the 125th anniversary of Westbury Pool, Wiltshire Council are inviting people to share their memories of visiting the pool and their historical photos and stories, to be displayed in a public exhibition.

Westbury is one of the oldest public swimming pools in the country still in existence. To commemorate the occasion, Wiltshire Council, Westbury Town Council and DC Leisure are planning a celebratory weekend on September 7 and 8. On the Saturday a Westbury Pool Exhibition will be officially opened at Laverton Hall which will be available to the public for two weeks.

The swimming baths were built by Westbury Mill owner W H Laverton to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and opened on May 24 1888. During the First World War it was used as barracks for troops and in the Second World War it was closed to the public and used for the air raid wardens.

Anyone wishing to share their memories should contact Wiltshire Council by Friday, August 16 on 01225 713152 or email events@wiltshire.gov.uk or write to Wiltshire Council Communications, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN.