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Ross Clark

Banned Wagon | 16 August 2003

It didn’t take long for the heatwave to bring out the nation’s puritans in force. Police, we learn, have told people ‘not to try to cool off in rivers and lakes’. Local authorities, too, have been busily erecting signs forbidding river bathing, attempting to put an end to a centuries-old practice: 1930s photographs show the