The 1912 Amateur Swimming Association directory for swimmers in England listing: Indoor swimming baths, lidos, swimming lakes, swimming rivers, and seaside swimming facilities...
Bath. Soldiers only.
Sea, Stokes Bay. Historic wild swimming venue.
PUBLIC Bath, Adelaide Road.
Bath. Open-air. Lido.
Sea and Bath, Pier approach. Used by ladies. Historic wild swimming venue.
Sea and River. Facilities plentiful. Historic wild swimming venue.
Sea. Historic wild swimming venue.
Public Bath. Sea accommodation. Historic wild swimming venue.
Before 1937, when Romsey was first provided with a swimming pool, the only way to swim in Romsey was in one of the rivers.
There was an official bathing place in the Fishlake, but this was for boys and men only.
In 1928 Councillor Rowledge raised concerns that some bathers ‘came out of bounds without proper dress’ and said ‘it was disagreeable to people taking walks in that district’. Councillor A.H. Mitchell replied that spot had been a bathing place for 50 years and added that they could not stop boys going beyond the boundary because there was a public footpath there. He pointed out that at the seaside bathers had all manner of strangers crowded round them, ‘ladies and everyone else’. He added that ‘in his younger days if a lad had a bathing costume on, they took it off him and threw it in the water’.
Stories have also been told of swimmers dancing about naked to enrage the Timsbury policeman and when he crossed the field to chastise them, they would dive into the water and swim away. More...