Manchester’s lost outdoor pool, loved by holidaymakers and footballers alike

A lost Manchester outdoor pool was loved by holidaymakers and footballers.

Believed to have been established in the 1930s, the Galleon was located in East Didsbury and was previously referred to as ‘Manchester’s first outdoor swimming pool’.

The Manchester Evening News previously reported how the late Peggy Gaskell took an active role in the family business, helping to purchase the land in Didsbury, which now houses a leisure club.

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The Gaskell family moved when the Galleon expanded and bought a large house on Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield, which was later demolished to build flats. Several years after the Galleon opened, the family added an indoor pool before selling the business.

Swimming pools, whether they are part of school gym classes or on the weekends, are a big part of people’s childhood memories in Manchester.

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As the Bank Holiday kicks off, the MEN have dug into our archives, Mirrorpix, to find some photos of the lost galleon pool.

Created in the 1960s, they depict scenes of warm summer days, sunbathers and families enjoying the water. You can also see George Best with the United team at the popular attraction.

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