Heath Pool

History of Heath Pool

First recorded in 1782, Heath Pool was originally one of a series of ponds constructed to harness the flow of water to the mills that were popping up along the Withy Brook, which flanked the south-west boundary of Stourbridge.

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Rhododendron bushes flanked parts of Heath Pool for many years

In the late 19th Century, during the formal layout of the park that surrounded the great house (known at that time as Studley Court, now the Council Offices) the designers decided that the view from the upper windows should not be able to see the park or the pool (and vice versa!). What’s more, the house was to be considered completely separate from the wider parkland – emphasising its status as a house for people of high social standing. Trees were planted surrounding the pool and a hedge was installed around the gardens of Studley Court.

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Students of St. Andrew’s Convent School take a refreshing dip in Heath Pool, 1920s

Between 1923 and 1929, Studley Court became a boarding school for girls known as St. Andrew’s Convent School. The girls used the Heath Pool for early morning swimming.

Untitled-2The original Mary Stevens Park play area, 1931. Note the lack of fences!

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 16.55.572An early postcard of Mary Stevens Park

 

 

  1 comment for “Heath Pool

  1. August 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Love the postcard. Very nostalgic. Our family have visited here for decades, but I have to say, we much prefer the idea of the old house being hidden from view. Much more picturesque

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