The Bathing Place (opened 1898)

Men at work on dam and walls
Building the Bathing Place, 1898

1898: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 12 April
  ... an effort is being made to provide a bathing place for Winslow, with every prospect of success.  Among the donations is a very substantial one from Lord Addington.

1898: Bicester Herald, 20 May
  BATHING FACILITIES.- At a meeting of the Winslow Bathing Society, presided over by the Vicar, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to Sir Edmund Verney for the site, and to Messrs. H. Monk and W. H. Hinton for permission, to erect a dam for bathing purposes.

1898: Bucks Herald, 8 Oct
  I had an opportunity on Monday of inspecting the bathing place which the Winslow Bathing Association have spent about £50 in improving.  About 100 yards below Winslow Road Station two brooks meet, and the result is something like a small island.  By damming the water up at both ends, and widening and deepening the stream, there is obtained a reach of about 20 or 30 yards of beautifully clear water, about six feet deep and nine feet wide; and there is a nice clump of trees on the island shading it from the road, while the Association have provided the needful steps, &c.

Map showing bathing place site in 1878 and 1898
These maps show the changes made in 1898 to create the Bathing Place. The dotted line in the brook near the top is the boundary between East Claydon and Winslow parishes. The road shown by two dotted lines is from East Claydon to Winslow.

Map showing East Claydon and Winslow
The arrow superimposed on the 1905 OS map marks the Bathing Place. The Electricity Sub-Station is now where the words "WINSLOW ROAD STN" are written.

In 1899 the Parish Council considered taking over the Bathing Place jointly with East Claydon Parish Council, but decided against it.

1899: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 6 June
  Winslow bathing place is very popular just now, and would be more so if it was in better order. The decision of the Parish Council to have nothing to do with the bathing place is not a popular one.

1899: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 27 June
  NARROW ESCAPE FROM DROWNING.- On Sunday morning three young men were nearly drowned at the bathing place.  Two of them could swim but the third could not.  The two went into water 18 feet deep, and the third, although cautioned not to go, followed them.  He found himself sinking and caught hold of one of the swimmers the result being that they both went to the bottom whilst the other swimmer either lost his nerve or had an attack of the cramp.  A young man named Bull, son of Mr. Bull at the Rose and Crown, with the assistance of others, rescued all three, and, but for their timely aid, they would probably been drowned.

1899: Buckingham Advertiser, 24 June
  The public of Winslow have generously and with the most laudable intention subscribed for a bathing place for the young men, but unless some means can be provided of placing it under control it is likely to prove a death trap.  It would most certainly have been so for three of our most promising young men last Sunday morning, had there not fortunately been others there who could swim and were courageous enough to rescue them.  We understand that this was not a solitary instance, and everything points to the fact that unless some authority takes charge of it, sooner or later a fatal accident will happen, in which case it had much better have been done away with.

1899: Bucks Herald, 18 Nov
  SMOKING CONCERT.- A successful smoker on behalf of the funds of the bathing place was held at the Bell Hotel, on Thursday evening, Nov. 9, and was well patronised.  The Rev. W. F. Armstrong presided, and Mr. G. H. Thompson officiated at the piano.

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