Walkers Stadium; the Tigers Ground; it's hard to imagine that a time
might arrive when these symbols of sporting excellence could slip from
Leicester's memory. Yet this is just what has happened to Leicester's
great swimming tradition. The Roman baths lay in ruins, our swimming
stadiums: Abby Park, The Bede House, Kenwood Lido, the Humberstone Lido
and even St Margaret's Baths are now nothing but a memory.
lives of Thomas Cook, Daniel Lambert, Jenny Fletcher and John Jarvis,
have all been lived in our city and their legacy laid to rest - until
now. Hung Out to Dry Swimming and British Culture, puts flesh
on the bones of British history, exposing for the first time the
dramatic impact that swimmers have had on culture and morals. Readers
will discover why our Roman Baths closed, why swimmers were chased out
of Abbey Park, and how bathers in Leicester helped reshape not just
British culture but to varying degrees that of the world.