Downstream A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames

by Caitlin Davies

Biography / Autobiography Sport The Real World

Downstream A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames Synopsis

Stretching 215 miles from its source in Gloucestershire, through England's capital and across to the North Sea, the River Thames has always enticed swimmers. From bathing kings to splashing school children, intrepid wild swimmers to international athletes, this famous river has long been a favourite. But it was the Victorian era that saw the birth of organised river racing with the launch of the long distance amateur championship of Great Britain. Soon floating baths were built in London; people swam at official bathing pools and islands at Oxford, Reading and Henley, dived off pontoons at Kingston and played at temporary lidos in Richmond. By the 1930s the Thames had become a top holiday spot for families with beaches at the Tower of London, Greenwich and Grays. Then in 1957 the river was declared biologically dead, organised racing was largely over, and swimming in the Thames was seen as dangerous. Yet today we have returned to the river in numbers not seen for a long time, some drawn by the thrill of wild swimming, others to compete in annual racing events.

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ISBN: 9781781311196
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781781311196
Publication date: 2nd April 2015
Author: Caitlin Davies
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Sport, The Real World,
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About Caitlin Davies

Caitlin Davies lives in London with her daughter Ruby. She is a freelance journalist regularly writing education features for the Independent. She is the author of a novel, Jamestown Blues, and a non-fiction book, The Return of El Negro.

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