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John Richardson

June 16, 2008

We met John Richardson on march 2007 when visiting the planned site. He’s living opposite the steet of the lido. Love to tell stories about his life … you’ll certainly met him around.


A former Lido in Southwark …

June 16, 2008

Samples from by Oliver Merrington


One of three 180 x 60 ft LCC lidos built in 1923, max depth 7ft 6ins.
This lido closed in 1989, though an indoor pool was also built in Gomm Road. The lido was still visible on a London street atlas, 1997.

The site of the old pool has been developed into a children’s playground, with the aerator fontain and a small store or plant room the only surviving structures.

In summer 1983 the Bermondsey Artists’ Group acquired the lease for the derelict Lido Café and were given support by the council to make it usable as an art gallery. The gallery re-opened in 2001 as a fully accessible venue with extended exhibition facilities and a dedicated education workshop space.”