FOR a few readers the place in my picture is known as the Bathing Pool.
On the far side is the camping island where once there was a diving springboard as well as high diving platforms constructed of timber in a sort of scaffold design.
On the near side is the main River Thames leading to a lock. The water in question is a side stream leading to one of many weirs at Hurley and was infamous for a double page spread in the Daily Mirror in 1933 when midnight nude swimming here was featured and a local hotel reportedly gained a reputation for “temporary honeymoons”.
Wild swimmers and some boating enthusiasts will know that the nickname seems to have stuck, although modern-day signs warn against bathing. Please avoid this spot if you’re planning a New Year’s Eve dip tomorrow night!
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