Recreation on the River

In the early 1900's Newport Pagnell families, like people all over the country, did not go away on holiday. Families could not afford to. Children and adults paddled, swam and fished in the rivers.

Punting from Tickford Bridge to Sherington Bridge was a popular Sunday afternoon pastime. The old mooring rings can still be seen on the river bank, close to where the library is now. They were hired out by Comptons (the carpentry and funeral firm).

During the winters of 1900-1915, the river was the source of another favourite activity - ice-skating. It became an annual event. The river was dammed at Mill House, flooding the three meadows towards Lathbury church. Chairs could be hired and skating continued late into the evening.

Click here to see the Coronation Day "River Revels"