Swimming History Picture of the Week: Newport Pagnell Bathing Place


Newport Pagnell Amateur Swimming Club dates back to the1890’s. Children used to swim in the Ouse by the Mill, but the owner of the mill put glass on the river bed to stop them. Mr Orson Bull, the local headteacher, collected it up and put it by the old town pump to draw it to everyone’s attention. The town did take notice, and it was decided to form a bathing place on the River Lovat, just off the Willen road. A temporary bridge was erected, together with a diving board and wooden changing huts. More…

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