History of Chagford Pool
Chagford Swimming Pool was opened in 1933, dug by hand by local residents on land entrusted to the village by the Hayter-Hames family.
It is the largest open-air, fresh-water swimming pool in the south west, being fed from the River Teign. Should it ever cease to be maintained and used as a public pool, the land would revert to the family.
The pool is fed by the mill leat, a small stream diverted from the main river, originally to power the water wheel at Rushford Farm. The site of the pool was once the mill pond for the farm, and it is well reported that it was dug out because children swimming in the river would too often disturb local fishermen further upstream. In the early years, the pool had a mud bottom, the water was unfiltered and several times each year the pool had to be emptied into the river, sluiced clean by the fire brigade on practice nights, and refilled.
Much has changed since the 1930s; there was a major refurbishment in the 1970s and again in 2000. In 2014, the pool was lined, and for the 2016, season, we have installed air-source heat pumps, UV filtration, PV panels, and hot showers.