The 1912 Amateur Swimming Association  directory for swimmers in England listing: Indoor swimming baths, lidos, swimming lakes, swimming rivers, and seaside swimming facilities...

DURHAM

DARLINGTON. 

Public Bath, Kendrew Street.

 

Darlington was criticised for having neither a wash-house nor a swimming pool in 1851, the town's elders decided that an old clay pit in Kendrew Street would hold water as a public baths. However, as it was unroofed, it was usually full of leaves, and its water was refreshed once-a-week from the nearby lake in North Lodge Park. Consequently, it was clean (and very cold) when the baths opened at 6am on Sunday, but by the time the baths closed at 5pm on Friday, when drainage began, the water was such a reddy brown colour, you were unable to send the bottom of the 6ft 6in deep end.

Darlington Public Baths Kendrew Street Swiming History
DENE HOLME. 

 

Sea (private) Sea Front. Historic wild swimming venue.

DENE HOLME Swimming History Beach
DURHAM.

 

Public Bath and River Elvet. Historic wild swimming venue.

DURHAM Baths Swimming History
DURHAM Baths Bridge River Elvet Bathing Place Swimming History
GATESHEAD. 

Public Bath, Mulgrave Terrace.

Gateshead Baths Mulgrave Terrace Swimming History
HARTLEPOOL.

Sea, Sea Front. Club House. Historic wild swimming venue.

bathing machines Hartlepool  Swimming History
Block Sands and paddling pool Swimming History
Members of a swimming club at the open air swimming pool At old Hartlepool.
Hartlepool Bathing Pool Swimming History
HARTLEPOOL Swimming History
LUMLEY. 

River Wear. Boat House. Historic wild swimming venue.

LUMLEY River Wear. Boat House. Historic
MARSDEN.

Sea. Tents. Historic wild swimming venue.

Marsden Swimming History Sea Swimmers
ROKER. 

Sea. Machines. Splendid bathing. Historic wild swimming venue.

Roker Swimming History
RYHOPE. 

Sea. Tents. Historic wild swimming venue.

RYHOPE Beach Swimming History
SEAHAM HARBOUR. 

Sea and Dock, Good club house. Historic wild swimming venue.

SEAHAM HARBOUR Bathing Belles Swimming History
SOUTH SHIELDS. 

Public Bath, Derby Street.

South Shields Derby Street Baths Swimming History
SOUTHWICK - ON - WEAR. 

River Wear. Safe. Good water. Historic wild swimming venue.

SOUTHWICK - ON - WEAR  Bathing Place River Swimming History
STOCKTON. 
Public Bath, Bath Lane. Ladies' club.
STOCKTON Bath Lane Baths Swimming History
SUNDERLAND.
Public Bath, High Street.
Sunderland High Street Baths Swimming History
WHITBURN.
Sea. Splendid beach. Historic wild swimming venue.
WHITBURN Beach Swimming History.jpg
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