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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
6th December 1943 Born today: Mike Smith, London Engld, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)
6th December 1892 Born today: F Osbert S Sitwell, London, poet/writer (Out of the Flame)
6th December 1883 Harrods original shop burns down, forcing the build of a much larger shop.
6th December 1817 William Bligh, who suffered mutiny on HMS Bounty, passed away in Bond Street, London.
6th December 1769 Silk cutters Doyle and Valline were hanged for inciting rioting in Bethnal Green
London's Oldest Swimming Baths
The oldest swimming pool in London, the Forest Hills Pools.
Location: Forest Hill Swimming Pools, Dartmouth Road, Lond, SE23 3HZ
Description: The Pools opened on May 2nd 1885 in a Victorian crusade for 'health & safety'. This was to bring baths and clean warm water to many parts of the growing population in the area who had no or ilimited access. The Pools indeed had 'slipper baths' specifically to enable people to have a bath in private. It also had upper class and working class pools so social mobility would not enabled by the shedding of clothes when bathing in public.
Forest Hill Pools was home for Linda Lovegrove, Commonwealth Gold Medalist & World Record holder 1962-67.