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Bradfield's Bathing Pond

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The Bathing Pond, Bradfield College
The Bathing Pond, Bradfield College
4 Sep 2019
Heritage
OB Mark Taylor (F 77-82) shared a black and white postcard picture of Bradfield's original Bathing Pond over the summer.

The outdoor swimming pool or ‘Outers’ as it was affectionately known, was originally situated where New Ground is today.

At the turn of the 20th century, Leach wrote in his book, the History of Bradfield College: “A most important event took place on 1 July 1898 – the opening of the new outdoor swimming bath. The bath is in the water meadows, just beyond the village cricket ground, is about 50 yards long by 20 broad and the depth varies from four to seven feet. The swimming and diving races are already most popular institutions.” The pool was filled in during the second half of the 1900s and a new swimming pool opened in 1970 near where the Music School and Greek Theatre are today. This in turn was replaced by the modern Sports Complex with its indoor swimming pool in 1994.

Nickie Moss-Gibbons (Templer) remembers swimming in Outers "which wasn't a very pleasant experience as it was fed from the Pang and often had dead rats in it. It was also extremely cold and a rather nasty greeney brown colour." 'Serg' Hartigan who taught gym tried to teach her to swim, but Nickie usually refused to get in the pool as it was so cold. Nickie believes Colette and Jacqueline Young and herself were the last people to swim in before it was condemned which was probably about 1968.

Co-incidentally a similar photograph from a different angle was shared of the pond back in July on the College Instagram feed, which you can see here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0VldVNhoMF/

Both photographs may make you shudder compared to the beautiful blue indoor pool available at Bradfield today!
 

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