dreamer wrote:Hi folks, I had a look at the OS map for Saltcoats (dated 1910) and it identifies that area as a "Bathing Pond",
Thanks for that Dreamer I find this all very interesting.
Here's a theory
According to the Saltcoats Town Trail
the Glasgow Mission Coast Home in nearby Nineyard Street a convalescent home for Glasgow people was opened in 1866 - it was greatly enlarged in 1874 and in 1888.
Being nearby could it be that the pool was made for those convalescing at the Mission Coast Home? After all, being a tidal pool it would be ideal for still water bathing. I can't think of another such spot nearby which could be utilised for this - salt water bathing and sea air were the main reasons why these coastal homes were built.