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1912 / 2012 - 100 years of swimming

The 2012 London Olympics mark 100 years since Frank Sachs published his book The Complete Swimmer

Amateur Swimming Association list of Swimming Baths and Bathing Places in England 1912

 

Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckingham, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucester, Hants and Isle of White, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Man, Kent, Lancashire, Leicester, Lincoln, London, Norfolk, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottingham, Oxford, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, Stafford, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worchester, Yorkshire.

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LONDON

 

ACTON.

Public Bath. Salisbury Street.

 

Acton The Baths interior 1905

Acton The Baths interior 1905 

 

LATCHMERE ROAD

Public Bath, Latchmere Road. Free instruction to all paying for admission. Public Bath (2ndclass). Public Bath (Ladies). Public Bath (Boys),

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

Martens Grove Lido Barnehurst

Martens Grove Lido Barnehurst 

 

BATTERSEA PARK ROAD.

 

Swimming Pool

 

NINE ELMS.

 

BECKENHAM

(Clock House). Public Bath, Beckenham.

 

Swimming Pool

 

BARKING

Public Bath, Barking.

 

Swimming Pool

 

BERMONDSEY

Public Bath, Spa Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

ROTHERSHTHE

Public Bath, Lower Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

BETHNAL GREEN

Public Bath, Mansford Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

BRENTFORD

Public Bath, Clifden Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CAMBERWELL

Public Bath, Old kent Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CAMBERWELL GREEN

Public Bath, Camberwell Green.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CHISWICK.

Grove park. Open-air. Lido.

Chiswick Baths London
 
Chiswick Baths 1923
 

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Swimming in Clapham circa 1926

 

Swimming in Clapham circa 1926.

 

DULWICH

Public Bath, East Dulwich Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

DULWICH COLLEGE

Private Bath, Dulwich.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CAMDRN TOWN

Public Bath, King Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CHELSEA. Public Bath, Manor Street.

Swimming Pool

 

CHELSEA

Public Bath, King's Road. Ladies only.

Swimming Pool
 

 

CLERKENWELL 

(NORTHAMPTON INSTITUTE). Public Bath, Clerkenwell. Men every day, except Mondays and Thursday. Women, Mondays and Thursdays.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CROYDON

Public Bath, Scarbrook Road. One family bathing club.

Croyden Swimming Bath

 Croyden Swimming Bath  

CROYDON

Public Bath, Scarbrook Road. Women 2ndclass.

 

Swimming Pool

 

CROYDON

Public Bath, Scarbrook Road. Open-air. Lido.

The Croydon Lido

The Croydon Lido

 

THORNTON HEATH

Public Bath, High Street. 2ndclass three days per week.

 

Swimming Pool

 

S. NORWOOD

Public Bath, Birchanger Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

S. NORWOOD

Public Bath, Birchanger Road Open-air. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool

 

DEPTFORD (NEW CROSS)

Public Bath, Laurie Grove.

Swimming Pool

 

EALING

Public Bath, Longfield Avenue. Ladies only. Ladies' bath open for gents during winter on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Swimming Pool

 

EDOMONTON

Public Bath, Knights Lane.

 

Swimming Pool

 

EDMONTON.

Public Bath, Lower Edmonton.

 

Swimming Pool

 

FULHAM

Public Baths (3), Walham Green.

 

Swimming Pool

 

HACKNEY

Public Baths (2), Lower Clapton Road. One for ladies only.

 

Swimming Pool

 

HAGGERSTON

Public Bath, Mansfield Street, Kingsland. Men only.

 

Swimming Pool

 

HAMMERSMITH

Public Bath, Hammersmith.

 

Swimming Pool

 

HAMMERSMITH

Public Bath, Lime Grove, Shepherd's Bush, W., First class bath. Ladies, Mondays, from 6 p.m.; Thursdays, from 10 A.M. to to 6 P.M. Second-class bath, Tuesday 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.; Thursdays from 6 P.M.

 

Swimming Pool

The DUCKER Harrow Boys School LIDO London c1915 

The DUCKER, Harrow Boys School LIDO London 1915

Harrow open air pool 

Harrow open air pool

HAMSTEAD

Public Bath, Finchley Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

HOLBORN

Public Bath, Broad Street, W.C.

 

Swimming Pool

Oasis Pool 1954

The Oasis Swimming Pool (aka Endell Street Baths) in Holborn

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HOUNSLOW

Public Bath, Treaty Road.  

Swimming Pool

 

ILFORD

Public Bath, Ilford.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

ISLEWORTH

Public Bath South Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

ISLINGTON

Private Bath, Albion Square. School children only.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

ISLINGTON

Public Bath, Caledonian Road. Ladies only.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

ISLINGTON

Public Bath, Hornsey Road.

Swimming Pool


 

ISLINGTON

Tibberton Square. Public Bath, Greenman Street. Separate bath for ladies.

"In the mid 60's the pool was known locally as the TIB. The premises comprised a Mixed bathing pool with spectator gallery with individual changing cubicles down each side for males and females.

The Mixed pool was about 30 yards by 10 yards, 3ft shallow water and 6ft deep water. It had a stepped diving stage that was removed in 1964.

There was also a dedicated men only pool, with 80 small cubicles each side, no doors, only wooden seats, slate divides and a small wooden angled slatted section above for clothes. There was a small attendants room and separate shower room and toilets off from this.

The Ladies only pool was about 20 yards by 10 and had cubicles on both sides with doors.

There was also a Ladies Warm [Slipper] Baths located over the Ladies Pool plus a Men's Warm [Slipper] Baths located over the men's pool.

The main entrance had a Superintendants office off to the left as you entered and an enclosed ticket office on the right.

Walk on and you were in the Men's pool, stairs on the left led to the Men's Warm Baths, a doorway on right right led to the Mixed pool through a vestibule

There was also stairs to the public laundry on the left next to the stairs to the basement.

A remedial suite on the first floor comprising of 2 beds, a large bath with a air extracting contraption that when placed in the bath caused bubbles to rise under one.

There was a very large public laundry with individual sinks and drainers and pull out drying horses. There was an Establishment laundry which served to wash and dry the used hired towels and staff clothing. This was located in the basement.

The main gates were off Greenman Street and there was a large entrance yard about 30 yards by 30 yards. To the right was a lock up store for visitors cycles that also led to the Mixed Pool public gallery. On the left of the yard were steps into the boiler room and basements areas.

The three boilers were originally coal fired Lancashire boilers and these were later converted to fuel oil." Contributed by Peter, former Sports Centre Manager at the Oasis, Holborn [1968-1991]

 

KENSINGTON

Public Bath, Latimer Road. Separate bath for ladies.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

KENSAL RISE

King Edward VII. Bath. Open-air. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

KINGSTON-ON-THAMES

Public Bath, Wood Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

LAMBETH

Public Bath, at the junction of the Kennington and Lambeth Roads, in a direct line from the Houses of parliament.

 

Swimming Pool

 

Wild swimming from Albert Embankment 

Diving from Albert Embankment 

LEWISHAM

Public Bath, Forest Hill.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

LADYWELL

Public Bath, Lewisham.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

LEYTON

Public Bath, Cathall Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

PADDINGTON

Public Bath contemplated.

 

Swimming Pool
 

 

Parliamant Hill Lido Opening Ceremony

 The Opening Ceremony at Parliament Hill Lido

Parliament Hill Lido 1965 

Parliament Hill Lido 1965

 

PLAISTOW

Public Bath, West Ham.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

PLUMSTEAD

Public Bath, High Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

POPLAR (ISLAND)

Public Bath, Glengall Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

POPLAR.

Public Bath, Poplar.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

POPLAR

People's Palace, Mile End Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

POPLAR

Public Bath, Roman Road, Bow, E. First-class bath, open to ladies on Thursdays.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

POPLAR

Public Bath, Roman Road, Bow. E.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

POLYTECHNIC

Private Bath. Regent Street. Members and friends only.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

CARPENTER'S CO

Public Bath, Stratford.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

RICHMOND

Public Bath, Parkshott.

Swimming Pool

Richmond Thames: historic wild swimming venue. 

Swimming in the Thames at Richmond 1914-18 

Swimming in the Thames at Richmond 1914-18 

 
Swimming in the Thames at Richmond
 

Swimming in the Thames at Richmond

 
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ST MARYLEBONE

Public Bath, Martylebone Road. Separate bath for ladies.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

ST PANCRAS

(PRINCE OF WALES ROAD). Public Baths (4), Kentish Town.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

FITZROY

Public Baths (2), Tottenham Court Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

SHOREDITCH

Public Bath, Pitfield Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

SOUTHWARK

Public Bath, manor Place. Separate bath for ladies.

 

Swimming Pool

 

SOUTHWARD

Public Baths (2) Lavington Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

TWICKENHAM

River, The Wereway. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Twickenham Children's Regatta 1919

Twickenham Children's Regatta 1919

   

STEPNEY

Public Bath, St George's in the East, Stepney.

St Georges Baths London 

 St George's Baths London

 

WALTHAMSTOW

Public Bath, High Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

WANDSWORTH

Public Bath, Wandsworth.

 

Swimming Pool

 

Wembley

EMPIRE SWIMMING POOL AT WEMBLEY 1937

Empire Swimming Pool Wembley 1937

Empire swimming pool Wembley

 Empire swimming pool Wembley

 

WESTMINSTER

Public Bath, St George's, Buckingham Palace Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

WESTMINSTER

Public Bath, St George's. Davies Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

WESTMINSTER

Public Bath, Great Smith St.

 

Old Westminster Public Baths, Great Smith Street SW1

Boys' swimming class at Great Smith Street Baths

Westminster's first public baths and wash house was part of the old library complex, designed in 1891 by F.J. Smith. The entrance was to one side, and features panels of sculptured swimmers by Henry Poole, then just 18. 

breast stroke and the front crawl

The central panel has swimmers demonstrating the breast stroke and the front crawl against a glorious sunrise. The baths themselves were demolished in the 1990s to make way for the Westminster Archives Centre. More...

River Swimming History
 

WESTMINSTER

Public Bath, Marshall Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

WILLESDEN

Public Bath, Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill. Open-air. Lido. Payment for admission three days a week only.

Open Air Swimming Baths Gladstone Park London

Open Air Swimming Baths Gladstone Park London

Swimming Baths Gladstone Park Willesden wild swimming Lido

Swimming Baths Gladstone Park Willesden

 

WIMBLEDON

Public Bath. Worple Road.

 

Swimming Pool


A blast from the past…

Bathing Place, Queensmere - Wimbledon Common

Bathing Place, Queensmere - Wimbledon Common

 

WIMBLEDON

Public Bath, Latimer Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

WOOLWICH

Public Bath, Wollwich.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

TOTTENHAM

Public Bath, The Green, high Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

TOTTENHAM

Open-air Public Bath, Tottenham Marshes. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

 

OPEN-AIR BATHING-PLACES

Morning and Evening Bathing

 

BECTON.

Road Park, Canning Town (except Fridays). Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

BROOMFIELD.

Park, Palmer's Greet, Southgate, N. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

BROCKWELL.

Park, East Ham. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

CENTRAL PARK.

East Ham. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

CLAPHAM.   

Common. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

HAMPSTEAD.  

Pond.

Mens' bathing Lake.  Historic wild swimming venue.

Bathing Pond Hampstead Heath 1904

Hampstead Bathing Pond 

Hampstead Bathing Pond

Hampstead Heath Men's Bathing Lake Diving Board
 

Mens Bathing Lake Hampstead Heath

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HIGHGATE.

Ponds. Historic wild swimming venue.

Swimming at Highgate Ponds 

Highgate "Life buoys" swim for "Osborne Trophy" at 8.30 am. Christmas morning 1920 at Hampstead Heath

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PLUMSTEAD.

Common. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

QUEENSMERE.

Putney Heath. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

SERPENTINE.

Hyde Park. Historic wild swimming venue. Lido.

Lansbury's Lido 1930 The Serpentine, Hyde Park, London

Lansbury's Lido 1930 The Serpentine, Hyde Park, London

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Swimming in the Serpentine 1950s 

The Serpentine Lido in the 1950s

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 'Lansbury's Lido' - Open. Happy crowds flock to Serpentine to enjoy mixed bathing for first time

 'Lansbury's Lido' - Open. Happy crowds flock to Serpentine to enjoy mixed bathing for first time 1930

The Serpentine Lido 1961 

The Serpentine Lido 1961 

Hyde Park Paddling Pool 

Hyde Park Paddling Pool 

SOUTH NORWOOD. 

Lake (private) Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming
 

 

TOOTING 

Common. Lido.

Tooting Beck Lido 

 The Opening of Tooting Beck Lido 1906

For the poor, the swimming pool became the cheapest place to bathe. At the opening of Tooting Bec Lido in London, Wandsworth Borough News reported - regarding hundreds of small boys: 'heedless of the presence of members of the fair sex, [they] unblushingly undressed and were sampling the quality of the water long before the "big guns" had departed.' Many bathers walked barefoot across the common prompting complaints to the Council that the facility was being 'stormed by the riff-raff from slum land.' Without doubt the waters lost much of their sparkle as 1,500 were bathing each day. Regarding indoor pools, many included a second class or boy's bath, in which boys could bathe for a fraction of the cost of a private tub. Even so their behavior needed regulation so that hijinks did not end in complete mayhem. Although initially built to complement river, lake and canal swimming, concerns over indecency prompted change. No working class man or boy owned a bathing costume, in fact if you look carefully at the front cover picture of my book: Hung Out to Dry, Swimming and British Culture you will notice one youngster carrying the only clothes he has, screwed up in one hand.

 

VICTORIA

Park. Historic wild swimming venue.

Naked boys swimming in the lake in Victoria Park London

 Victoria Park Bathing Lake London

The Bathing Lake, Victoria Park, London. Described by Lieutenant-Colonel Sexby as foremost among the park's facilities! 'As many as 25,000 bathers have been counted on a summer's morning.' The lake was open to swimmers between 4.00-8.00 a.m. in the summer; the early hours ensured that the working day was not impeded. Sexby continues: 'What an incalculable boon open air swimming-baths like those provided here must prove to the neighbourhood! The principle bathing-lake is 300 feet long. It is provided with a concrete bottom, shelters, and diving-boards, and all the accessories to make it a perfect out-door swimming-bath, and it has been pronounced the finest in the world. In case of accidents, two boatmen are always on duty during the season, which is a necessary precaution when the number of bathers is taken into account.' Nearby a play park and a sand pit were well maintained despite the high costs in order to brighten the lives of local children. The park was used by swimmers from 1846.

 
Mornings Only

 

CRANBROOK

Park, Ilford. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

WANSTEAD

Park (before 8). Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

 

NORFOLK

 

CAISTOR

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

CROMER

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

EAST DEREHAM.

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

Gorlestone

 

Gorlestone Lido

Gorlestone Lido 

 

 

HAPPISBURGH

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

 

 

HORSEY.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming

 

HUNSTANTON

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming
 

 

KING'S LYNN

Public Bath, Common Staithe Quay.

Hunstanton Lido

Hunstanton Lido 

Mundesley

Bathing Machines Mundesley-on-Sea

Bathing Machines Mundesley-on-Sea 

 

NORWICK

Public Bath, Heigham.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

Children swimming in the river at Thetford, August 28, 1964.

Children swimming in the river at Thetford, August 28, 1964. 

Wild Swimming: Wensum Park during the 1930s

 Wensum Park during the 1930s

Sherringham

Bathing at Sheringham 

 Bathing Beach at Sheringham

YARMOUTH

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

Great Yarmouth Bathing Pool

Great Yarmouth Bathing Pool 

The Great Yarmouth Lido

The Great Yarmouth Lido 

 

NORTHAMPTON

 

KETTERING.

Public Bath, Bath road. Council rent bath until new bath built.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NORTHAMPTON

Public Bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

PETERBOROUGH

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

Peterborough River Swimming

Peterborough River Swimming 

 
Oundle Bathing Place

Oundle Bathing Place 1910

Oundle Bathing Place C 1900

Oundle Bathing Place 1910

Oundle School Swimming Baths

Oundle School Swimming Baths

Peterborough Lido

Peterborough Lido 

Towcester

Towcester School Swimming Class

Towcester School Swimming Class 

 

WELLINGBOROUGH

Public Bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

 

Alnmouth

Sea. Good sand. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

ALNWICK

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

BERWICK

Sea. Good sands. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

Ladies Bathing Pond Berwick Northumberland

Ladies Bathing Pond  Lido Berwick Northumberland

Wild Swimming History North Berwick Lido

North Berwick Lido 

 

BLYTHE

Sea, Sea Front and Dock. Splendid sands. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

CULLERCOATS.

Sea. Safe. Good club house. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

HEXHAM

River Tyne. Private dressing boxes. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

Humford

Humford Swimming Baths - Lido

Humford Swimming Baths - Lido 

 

NEWBIGGIN

Sea. Good sands. Private boxes. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

NEWCASTLE

Public Baths, Northumberland Avenue. Splendid bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NEWCASTLE

Public Bath, Arthur Hill. Splendid bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NEWCASTLE

Public Bath, Byker. Splendid bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NEWCASTLE

Public bath, Scotswood Road. Splendid bath.

 

Swimming Pool 

 

Otterburn Hall  Bathing Pond - Swimming Pool

Ther Bathing Pond Otterburn Hall 

 

SEATON SLUICE

Sea. Good sands. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

TYNEMOUTH.

Sea. Club house and machines. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

TWEEDMOUTH

Sea and River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea SwimmingOpen Water Swimming

 

 

WHITLEY

Sea. Good club house. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Mixed Sea Bathing Whitley Bay.

Mixed Bathing Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay Paddling Pool

 Whitley Bay Paddling Pool

The Bathing Pool Table Rocks Whitley Bay

The Bathing Pool Table Rocks Whitley Bay

Table Rocks Bathing Pool
 

Warkworth.

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

Sea Swimming History Warkworth 

Swimming History Warkworth

 

NOTTINGHAM

 

BULWELL

Public Bath, Vernon Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

HUCKNALL

Public Bath, Station Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

River Swimming Trent Bridge Nottingham

River Swimming Trent Bridge Nottingham

 

HUCKNALL

Public open-air, Station Road. Boys. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

HUCKNALL TORKARD

Public Bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

MANSFIELD

Public Bath, Bath Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

NEWARK

River, Tolney Land. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming
 

NOTTINGHAM

Public Exhibition Sneinton. Teaching given to members by the N.S.C. Committee. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming
 

 

NOTTINGHAM

Public Bath, Thackeray Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NOTTINGHAM

River Trent. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

River Swimming Nottingham

 River Swimming in the Trent Nottingham

Swimming in the River Trent 1911

Swimming in the River Trent 

 

NOTTINGHAM

Scholars' Bath, Leen Side.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NOTTINGHAM

Scholars' Bath, Stanley Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NOTTINGHAM

Scholars' Bath, Albert Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NOTTINGHAM

Scholars' Bath, Sycamore Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

NOTTINGHAM

Public Bath, Sneinton.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

RETFORD

Public Bath, Albert Road.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

RADFORD

Public Bath, Boden Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

WORKSOP

Private Bath, St Cuthbert's College.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

 

OXFORD

 

BANBURY

Public Bath, Banbury.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

OXFORD.

Public Bath, Merton St.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

OXFORD

Long Bridge, River Isis. Men only. Historic wild swimming venue.

Long Bridges 1965

 Long Bridges Bathing Place Oxford 1965

Long Bridges today

OXFORD

River Isis. Ladies only. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

OXFORD

River, Trimbling Bay. Historic wild swimming venue.

tumbling Bay Oxford 1959
 

Diving Boards at Tumbling Bay Oxford 1959

Tumbling Bay Bathers

Tumbling Bay Oxford

Tumbling Bay Today

OXFORD

Parsons Pleasure, River Cherwell. Historic wild swimming venue.

Parsons Pleaseure 1885

Parsons Pleasure, Henry Taunt, 1885

Parsons Pleasure H N Spalding

Parsons Pleasure H N Spalding(1877-1953)

Parsons Pleasure today

OXFORD

Rea. Bathing Place, River Cherwell. Ladies only. Historic wild swimming venue.

Rea Bathing Place Oxford 1927 Swimming History

Rea Bathing Place Oxford 1927

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Link to Oxford's minor river bathing places with pictures showing their condition today

Oxford Regatta 1914 - 18

Oxford Regatta 1914-18

 

 1938 Summer Swimming Relays in River Cherwell

 

RUTLAND

 

No Baths or Bathing Places.

Private Bath at Uppingham School.

 

SHROPSHIRE

Carding Mill

Carding Mill Valley Bathing Church Stretton 

Carding Mill Valley Bathing Church Stretton 

ELLESMERE

LAKE (PRIVATE), The Mere. Only by permission. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

MARKET DRAYTON

River, The Flash, Little Drayton. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

Market Drayton Lido - Wild Swimming History

Market Drayton Lido 

 

OSWESTRY

Public Bath, Oswestry.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

SHREWSBURY

Public Bath.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

WELLINGTON

Public Bath, Walker.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

WHITCHURCH

Public Bath. Brownloww Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

 

SOMERSET

 

BATH

Public Bath, Royal Baths. Mineral Water, heat 80°.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

BATH

Public Bath, Bath Street.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

BATH

Public Bath, Cleveland Baths. Open-air. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

BATH

(private), Kingswood School, Lansdown.

 

Swimming Pool

 

BRIDGWATER.

Public Bath, Old Tauton road. Open-air, better baths wanted. Large bath free three hours daily, and always free to boys under 14. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool

 

Bristol

Clifton College Swimming Pool

Clifton College Swimming Pool 

BURNHAM

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

 

CLEVEDON

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

The Bathing Station Clevedon

The Bathing Station Clevedon 1955

CREWKERNE

Bath, Grammar School Grounds. During long vacation, August 1stto September 20th, use may be by arrangement with head-master.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

DOWNSIDE COLLEGE

Private Bath, Abbey Grounds. Open-air. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

FROME

Public Bath, Bath St.

 

Swimming Pool

 

 

GLASTONBURY.

River. No proper bathing place, only that obtained in the River Brue. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

 

HIGHBRIDGE

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming

 

LANGPORT

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming
 

 

MINEHEAD

Sea. Allotted places for ladies and gents. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming

 

Butlins Minehead Indoor Heated Pool

Butlin's Minehead Indoor Heated Pool

Butlins Minehead Outdoor Swimming Pool

Butlin's Minehead Outdoor Swimming Pool 

 

RADSTOCK

River. Historic wild swimming venue.

Radstock River Bathing Place

The Bathing Place at Radstock


SHEPTON MALLETT

Public Bath, Charlton. Open-air. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool
 

 

TAUNTON

River, French Weir. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Open Water Swimming
 

 

WATCHET

Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.

 

Sea Swimming
 

 

WELLINGTON

Private Bath on the premises of Messrs Fox Bros. & Co., Ltd. Erected by Messrs Fox for their employees, who have the use at meal times only. Club and school children at specified times.

 

Swimming Pool
 

 

WELLS

Public Bath, Milton Lane. Open-air - open from May to October. Lido.

 

Swimming Pool
 

 

WESTON-SUPER-MARE

Public bath, Knightstone.

 

Western Super Mare Diving Boards

Western-Super-Mare Diving Boards

Western Supermare Lido

Western-Super-Mare Lido

 Childrens Bathing Pool Western Super Mare

Children's Bathing Pool Western-Super-Mare

 Super Bathing Pool with Slide Western Super Mare

  Super Bathing Pool with Slide Western-Super-Mare

Slide and Diving Boards Western Super Mare Lido

Slide and Diving Boards Western-Super-Mare Lido

 

YEOVIL

Public bath.

 

Boys from Kingston School receiving swimming lessons, photographed in the 1890s

Boys from Kingston School receiving swimming lessons, photographed in the 1890s 

 

 

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British Wild Swimming: 2,000 Years of Freedom, Joy and Adventure