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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th June 1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
24th June 1942 Born today: Mick Fleetwood, London, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way)
24th June 1717 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London
24th June 1509 The Coronation of Henry VIII in Westminster Abbey.
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.