Danson was opened as a public park in 1925 and was a popular place for meeting up with friends and family. There was an aviary containing birds near the Mansion, a boating lake, miniature railway and deck chairs for hire. A swimming pool opened on 25 July 1936, located on the southern edge of the park. There was a large rectangular main pool with an ornamental fountain, a paddling pool for children and a beginners’ pool. There was a cafe selling pots of tea and on hot summer days it was wise to get there early to avoid disappointment as queues would run all down the road.
Although the pool was much enjoyed by locals, the water was freezing cold, it was starting to decay and there were limited car parking facilities. A new indoor (heated!) pool was built at Crook Log (on the north side of Danson Park) and the Danson pool closed in 1979. It was demolished in the 1980s and grassed over.
Surprisingly, there are still some tiny remnants of the pool left in the park today. The location of the pool is on a high ridge to the south of the boating lake, near a park gate on the East Rochester Way.
Below are Google Earth images of the pool in 1960 and its location in 2014. (Click on the images to enlarge).
Some of the walls and wire railings are hidden in copses of trees.
I re,ember the Pool well, There was a group of very fit men who were great divers and did some great stuff to watch. One was a Johnny Yearsley, a right muscular fella.
I attended Days Lane School then Blackfen when it was devided – boys 7 girls..
The Oval – As kids we watched them digging the Air Raid Shelters and spent some night in there until we got our Anderson in Beech Avenue.
The sweet / tobacco shop man was caught selling black market cigarettes. I did a paper round from the Newsagens every morning and worked at the greengrocers in the evenings and all day on Saturday.
I remember the Bombs at the Willersley Park depot and at the Oval / Sherwood Pk / near the clinic. Rough Times
There’s a lot more memories of Sidcuo and Blackfen if required