The History of swimming at Windsor and Eton

Swimming was once commonplace in the Thames

 The old river swimming place on the river at Windsor Bath Island

Windsor's old bathing place

Bath Island, lies to the rear of Windsor Leisure Centre

 The Bath Island Wild Swimming Baths in the early 1900s

Swimming at Eton College

Cuckoo Weir 

Eton College constructed four swimming places on the river, with Cuckoo Weir (below) for the younger boys. Fencing enclosed the area and a mound of earth running the length of the opposite bank screened the boys from view.

Cuckoo Weir the old river swimming and bathing place of Eton College
River Swimming at Cuckoo Weir 1920s

Very rare footage of swimming at Cuckoo Weir taken in the 1920's. Boys from Eton School camp by the river and swim throughout the day. more...

Athens

On the main river, opposite the Royal Windsor Race Course stands Athens.

Athens river bathing place of Eton College
This bathing place of Athens was presented to Eton College by Hiatt c. Baker in memory of his son John Lionel Baker a brilliant swimmer who spent here many of the happiest hours of his boyhood. He was killed in a flying accident in August 1917 while still a member of the school.

The inscription reads: "This bathing place of Athens was presented to Eton College by Hiatt c. Baker in memory of his son John Lionel Baker a brilliant swimmer who spent here many of the happiest hours of his boyhood." He was killed in a flying accident in August 1917 while still a member of the school.
Bathing regulation at Athens - Fifth Form Nants in First Hundred and Upper and Middle Divisions may bathe at Athens. No bathing at Athens on Sundays after 8.30 a.m.  At Athens, boys who are undressed must either get at once into the water or get behind screens when boats containing ladies come in sight.  Boys when bathing are not allowed to land on the Windsor Bank or to swim out to launches and barges or to hang onto, or interfere with, boats of any kind.  Any boy breaking this rule will be severely punished. From 'School Rules of the River.' 1921

On the side of the stone facing the river the inscription reads: "Bathing regulations at Athens - Fifth Form Nants in First Hundred and Upper and Middle Divisions may bathe at Athens. No bathing at Athens on Sundays after 8.30 a.m.  At Athens, boys who are undressed must either get at once into the water or get behind screens when boats containing ladies come in sight. Boys when bathing are not allowed to land on the Windsor Bank or to swim out to launches and barges or to hang onto, or interfere with, boats of any kind.  Any boy breaking this rule will be severely punished. From 'School Rules of the River.' 1921" More...

Swimming Eton & Windsor

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100 years of swimming history 1912 - 2012