Henleaze Lake: Nude swimming, high diving and romance remembered
The history of a wild swimming club, hidden in the heart of Bristol’s suburbia, has been published to mark its 100th year.
Henleaze Swimming Club was set up in a flooded quarry in 1919 following a spate of drownings the year before.
Alumni include actor David Prowse who played Darth Vader in Star Wars.
“It’s surprising how many people who’ve lived in Bristol all their lives don’t know about it,” said Janet Cocks, 87, whose parents were founder members.
Photographs of Mrs Cocks as a child and today feature in the new book The Lake by Susie Parr.
Mrs Parr joined the club in the 1980s when it was keen for new members. Today the waiting list to join is three years long, adding to its exclusivity.
Mrs Parr is one of a group of about 200 members who enjoy swimming in the lake in winter.
“It’s not everybody’s cup of tea and yes it’s a shock when you get in but when you get out you feel fantastic,” she said.
Original publication 17 August 2019
Posted on NatCorn 1st September 2019
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