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Bathing Place, River Lane (1920s)

Long before Peterborough had bathing facilities, the River Nene just off River Lane was the place to be.

The council dumped tons of clean gravel into three enclosed areas alongside the bank to create The Bathing Place right at the bottom of River Lane. The enclosures were made up of long heavy wooden planks, covered on the top with coco-matting. On the opposite side of the river, where the water was deeper, a diving platform was tethered to the bank which consisted of oil drums welded together and topped with wooden planks covered with coco-matting.