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Burgh Heath - The Sugar Bowl
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Burgh Heath - The Sugar Bowl

Burgh Heath - The Sugar Bowl Restaurant and swimming Pool 1950s

This was an upmarket place to eat and take a dip in the pool. It stood on the Brighton Road just south of the junction with the Reigate Road. Today the place is the Heathside Hotel.

It is said that when the swimming pool needed to be emptied the water was allowed to drain down the Brighton Road - something that would not be allowed in these more health and safety days.
Picture added on 13 March 2011 at 23:20
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I remember swimming through leaves and crabapples in the early mornings because it was free at that time of the day. I wonder if they cleared them later for the upmarket customers? The water of course was freezing.
Added by Jackie Fearnley on 09 May 2012
My sister had her wedding reception here in 1949 and I remember thinking how good the food was at the time. This despite rationing.
Added by David Hopkins on 22 July 2013
Like Jackie I remember swimming at The Sugar Bowl. In the late 1950s Merland Rise Junior School was allowed the use of the pool for one morning a week (winter only of course!). We were marched over Burgh Heath, often with frost crunching underfoot. We changed into our swimming costumes in the little wooden huts, complete with spiders and other wildlife. The freezing cold water meant you learnt to swim very swiftly - it was either swim or die of frostbite! Happy days.
Added by Vivianne Moore (nee Bone) on 12 October 2016
I rember it well, not far from Roberts Store. I went carol singing there. it was for the posh. I swam there once; it was heated?
Added by Richard D Grattan on 06 May 2017
Not very happy memory as when I was 10 in 1951, a friend I was with pushed me in. I was unable to swim, luckily I was quickly pulled out. It has left me with a fear of water, and I never did learn to swim.

Added by Elizabeth Levesley on 04 November 2017
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