Summer Trips To Martin"S - a Memory of Wokingham.
My sister Pauline and I used to come here with our mother, and sometimes father, on hot summer days, around 1948 to 1952 (age 6 to 10). We commuted three stops from Reading South in electric trains. I basically learned the transition from swimming a width under water to the same on the surface. Great bonding with my father since my mother was not a swimmer. We used to picnic though I believe there was some food available (lemonade? ice cream?). The changing rooms were the usual slightly slimy floor dark damp places. There was a smaller, shallow "kiddie pool" beyond the other end of this photo. We were told the pool had been a private club before WW2 for the use of actors and performers who lived in this area west of London. We therefore felt, at this young age , that the place was rather glamorous. As the sun went down, we would trudge back to the station to wait for the next train home.
Is there still a pool here? I would like, at some point, to commute one last time from my current home outside Philadelphia, USA!
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