Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Mount Stewart Pool

CHARLES VILLIERS, A GRANDSON OF THE LATE LADY MAIRI BURY AND GREAT-GRANDSON OF THE 7TH MARQUESS AND MARCHIONESS OF LONDONDERRY, HAS KINDLY PROVIDED ME WITH A COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ABOUT 1970 AT MOUNT STEWART'S SWIMMING-POOL

The family's private swimming-pool was located at the edge of Mount Stewart estate, between the main Portaferry Road and Strangford Lough.

The swimming-pool was kidney-shaped
A wooden gazebo structure overlooked Strangford Lough. It stood on a revolving mechanism.

Parts of the retaining wall and foundations remain.

The salt-water, kidney-shaped pool was surrounded by exotic trees and tropical flowers.
 
The small figures in the pool are Charles and his sister Charlotte, being watched by their long-suffering Lancastrian nanny, Sheila.
Charles's parents were invariably present too and, on this occasion, Charles's godfather, Edward Biddulph (1934-2001) was present. 

First published in November, 2010.

4 comments :

Philip said...

I recall the reopening of the swimming pool after refurbishment which I am guessing must be in the late 60.s early 70's. I played water polo at the time and our team were asked to play a game at the reopening party. Difficult in a kidney shaped pool but we gave it a go and enjoyed the food and entertainment from the Apex Jazz Band after. From time to time I hav asked the staff at the house did they know of the swimming pool but the ones that I asked had never heard of it. I looked for signs of the pool today but could see no trace of it apart from the foundations of the wooden revolving lookout.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the buildings/changing rooms were pulled down and the pool filled in as it was too risky leaving it as it was for fear of someone getting injured. Such a shame, it was a beautiful place, I remember the first time i saw it in the early 70's as a child, I stood at that blue gate looking down the steps towards the pool and my wee jaw dropped !!! And the family were present, having fun in this oasis on the edge of Strangford Lough, such a shame it couldn't be kept by the National Trust as another attraction from the amazing Mount Stewart. I visited for the first time in my life two days ago and I was flabbergasted.... I've lived about 4 miles down the road all my life and drove past those stone walls a million times but never ever dream't what lay on the other side - I will be back for the reopening in April for sure !!!!

Anonymous said...

yes as Lord Belmont states there is no visible trace of this once glorious swimming pool , - however this afternoon after exploring the overgrown area where the pool was situated I was pleased to find several pieces of the blue pottery glazed tiles which once formed the swimming pool, a reminder of a long gone piece of Mountstewart history.

29th July 2016

Jason Clarke said...

Its full off gays and is a dogging site..shocking to witness whats going on there especially when your walking along the beach with my two young sons.