Mens' Bathing Pond - HAMPSTEAD HEATH - 2016***

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Mens' Bathing Pond


Situated between  The Model Boating Pond and the Highgate No. 1 Ponds.
There is access from Millfield Lane.

Open daily from 7am-8am as seasons change; close before sunset. Swimmers must vacate the water 15 minutes before closing.
Opening times are in The Heath Diary

Location note: Pond on Hampstead Heath near Millfield Lane, N6.
Parent body: City of London Corporation.

Outdoor swimming for men, competent swimmers only. No children under 8, under-16s only with an accompanying adult. Will need to pass a swimming test.

(see the City-Of_London Map to establish its exact whereabouts)

Pam Chlopas has written to the author, with a sad story regarding her great great grandfather, William Chitty, who was born in 1832.

He had witnessed his mother battering his poor sisters with a wooden mallet when he was twenty; the younger sister aged seven died and the other sister survived and eventually became a teacher.
As a result, his mother was imprisoned, although later cleared of manslaughter and released. His father had also been in Bethel Asylum.

William's son had been run over by a train and killed at the age of twenty-seven.

William himself joined the North London Railway in 1853 as a senior guard at Chalk Farm, was a station master at Victoria Park (1867-1877) and was then station master at Camden Town Station.

On the 26th of June, 1897, William was discovered drowned in what was then known as Highgate No. 2 Pond (now known as The Men's Bathing Pond).

It is thought that he slipped whilst out walking.


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