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The old swimming pool at Lanhydrock

August 18, 2015

Brave enough?

The gardens and park at Lanhydrock (click here) are superb. But the man on the gate struggled to remember any famous associations with the house itself; Gladstone planted a tree and there were mutterings about Poldark, but that was it. So I skipped the house and, late in the day, discovered this.

lanhydrock old swimming pool map

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A tiny stream flows though and the water looks clean, albeit dark and weedy. I wasn’t concerned by the sign, rather the reverse, but I had no swimmers, young people were around, and while I contemplated it started to rain, and my courage failed me. I’m kicking myself, but it’s there for another day.

Jim Thornton

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Philippa Wood permalink
    January 8, 2021 3:18 pm


    Could I please request permission to use this image to educate visitors about Burton Constable’s bathing pool? We would not gain any profit from the image, and I would of course credit you fully.

    Kindest Regards

    Philippa Wood
    Curator at Burton Constable Hall

    • January 9, 2021 7:55 am

      Of course Philippa. Delighted. Send me a link when you do and I’ll give it a push on Twitter. I didn’t know about “Burton Constable’s bathing pool”. Good for a swim?

      • Philippa Wood permalink
        January 11, 2021 2:44 pm

        Dear Jim,

        Thank you so much for granting permission – while the resource will largely be on an augmented reality tour (What Was Here app) and on printed interpretation panels, we will definitely be posting about the feature on social media and will be delighted to send you a link when we do so!

        The feature isn’t really much known about at present (hence we’re trying to raise its profile) and we have a sad lack of information about it, which is largely why I’m having to draw parallels to Llanhydrock to try to demonstrate what it may have looked like. The pool was restored by the Constable family in 2009, but to the best of my knowledge no-one has tried to swim in it since then! One of our visitors actually wrote a very good blog post which would tell you more, available online at

        Very Best


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