This is the Saltdean Lido to the East of Rottingdean, near Brighton. A totally delectable Art Deco design. Once upon a time, outdoor lidos were very popular; they offered a general public, short of cash after two costly world wars, a place to meet, exercise and have fun for a couple of pennies' entrance fee.
Opened in 1938, but virtually left to rot since 2011, this is one of the few remaining lidos in the country and the only one listed Grade 11. Thanks to local community interest groups and funds from the National Lottery and other sources, its future is now secure.
Purley Way in South Croydon once had a lido with a fantastic diving board with three levels. It is now a garden centre car park, but the diving board remains. Leave the sunroof open and dive right in. Hastings also had a monster lido, which was designed and built by Sidney Little who restructured the sea front and underground car park. Once again, the car park survived and the lido is no more.
My favourite lido of all time is the Teignmouth wonder on the Hoe in Plymouth. A massive round structure, hewn from the sea rocks themselves, it is overlooked by Smeaton's famous old lighthouse, which once stood guard over the Eddystone rock.
If you are ever in the vicinity of Saltdean, it's worth a drive to Rottingdean because, here, perched on the coast road overlooking the town itself, is one of the few remaining Wimpy Bars. Remember those magnificent big red plastic tomato ketchup bottles that made rude noises and always had what looked like a clod of something unpleasant from the hospital haematology department attached to the end of the nozzle? Epic.
We are a family business that works closely with the artists to ensure that our customers receive wonderful pictures at affordable prices.
Original paintings and framed prints are usually only available for collection from the Gallery, although we can deliver in person within a 15 mile radius of the gallery by arrangement.
On this site we have tried to provide as much choice as possible, but we are happy to quote on and supply pictures in bespoke sizes where feasible.
How long before we dispatch your print?
Some of the most popular prints are usually available for despatch within 48 hours.
If we do not hold the specific print you're after in stock it will be despatched as soon as we have been able to order one from the various craft printers used by our artists, or from the artists themselves.This seldom takes longer than a week.
How will the picture be delivered?
Within the UK, to keep things as simple and cost-effective as possible, we offer delivery by first class post which is organised by Post and Packing.
The prices quoted on the site include postage and packing at a discounted rate.
For international deliveries, please send us a message
How will your picture be packed?
All mounted prints are wrapped in cellophane bags and packaged using stout card and bubble wrap.
Framed prints and poster prints
Sadly due to the increasing instances of breakages in transit, we are no longer offering framed prints or originals by post. Please contact the gallery to discuss alternatives.
Poster prints will be rolled in acid-free tissue paper and inserted in a large diameter, stout cardboard tube with plastic end-pieces.