Memories of Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool - RETRO PICTURE GALLERY

It has been at the heart of Sheffield's sporting scene for nearly 30 years - but can you remember what it was like before the city's famed Ponds Forge pool?

Friday, 15th February 2019, 09:08 am
Updated Friday, 15th February 2019, 09:12 am
Youngsters have fun at Ponds Forge back in the early 90s.

We've plunged into the archives to see what was there before the pool opened in 1991 and its early days as a major tourist attraction in the city centre. Take a dip down memory lane!

The pool's flume rides have always been popular
Huge cranes tower over Park Hill and signal the arrival of Ponds Forge in the late 1980s.
The distinctive building takes shape for the 1991 World Student Games.

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The Olympic sized pool was the centrepiece of the new venue.
The site is cleared ahead of work getting underway on Ponds Forge in the late 1980s.
These young visitors were among the first to enjoy Ponds Forge.
The Ponds Forge steel works formerly occupied the site
The flumes take shape during construction.
The towering swimming pool hall rises into the Sheffield skyline in this view from Park Hill.
Ponds Forge was still a long way off in this photo in the early days of the building project.
An aerial view showing the buildings demolished to make way for Ponds Forge.
Ponds Forge was designed by the architects FaulknerBrowns and opened in 1991.
Sheffield youngsters were among the first to use the new venue.
Ponds Forge can house 2,600 spectators.
Can you remember the early days of Ponds Forge?
The distinctive shape of Ponds Forge shoots up from the remains of a factory site in the early 90s.
The pool hall under construction ahead of the 1991 World Student Games.
The bare shell of Ponds Forge during its building.
Ponds Forge in all its glory at its opening in 1991.