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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th February 1943 Born today: Anthony Dowell, London, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet)

16th February 1927 Noel Coward's Marquise, premieres in London

16th February 1925 Born today: David Emms, director (London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates)

16th February 1925 Born today: John Schlesinger, London England, director (Midnight Cowboy, Darling)

16th February 1677 Earl of Shaftesbury arrested/confined in London Tower

Swimming prodigy Beckwith born



Swimming prodigy Beckwith born

This is where female swimming pioneer Agnes Beckwith was born.

Location: 16b Walcot Place West, Lambeth

Description: This is where female swimming legend Agnes Beckwith was born on the 24th August 1861. Fer father was a swimming teacher and introduced her to the local Lambeth Baths at a very early age.

She hit the publicity trail with her exploits making front page news, especially those that brought female sport and endeavour to a wider and new audience.

Swimming the Thames for 5 miles was rare, especially for a woman and aged just 14! She was lauded for her ever-improving targets and knew how to market her talents taking her troupe around the world.


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Swimming prodigy Beckwith born

This is where female swimming pioneer Agnes Beckwith was born.


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