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April 27, 1901
The spell of hot weather we have experienced lately has caused many of the bathers in the district to begin their season at the bathing place at the Five Arches much earlier than usual.
Ladies, too, have not been backward in taking advantage of the privilege which was granted last year. The highest temperature so far recorded was on Tuesday evening when the mercury went up to 62 degrees.
That is only ten degrees lower than the highest temperature all last summer.
Men have been busy all winter clearing the stream above the bathing place, and a great improvement has been effected. It is now clear to swim up to the first willow, a distance of 120 yards, without running into any mud banks.
[From the Watford Observer of April 27, 1901]
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