Westbury Pool

To commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee W H Laverton gave the town its public swimming pool and baths in Church Street. The foundation stone was laid by Charlotte Laverton on 11th May 1887 and the grand opening ceremony was held a year later on 24th May, the Queen's 69th birthday. In addition to the swimming pool itself there were six private baths for men and four for women. The total cost of construction was £5000 and the building had gas lighting, heating and electric bells. For many years the water for the pool was drawn directly from the nearby Bitham Springs and was changed once a week on Sunday. This meant that on Monday the water was clean but rather cold; by Saturday it had warmed up but become quite cloudy.