Monday, November 21, 2011

The B.P. Swimming Club visit Hoddesdon in 1910

The BPSC at Hoddesdon in August 1910
The picture shows members of the B.P.S.C. who had visited Hoddesdon in August 1910 and had a half mile race in the River Lea. (in training 100 years too soon for the 2012 Olympics which are to be held just a few miles downstream?). It seems too early to be British Petrolium - as the Anglo-Persian Oil Co was only formed in 1909. So who were they - see The B.P. Swimming Club visit Hoddesdon in 1910 for more details and let me know if you can identify them.
Thanks to Anthony this has now been identified as the Broomfield Park Swimming Club - more details on main page.


  1. Even short journeys were looked forward to at the start of the 20th century. Is it possible that this club was from Broxbourne, a little south from Hoddesdon? Maybe it was Broxbourne Parish Swimming Club.

  2. Anthony has pointed out that the logo corresponds to the one used in early photographs by the Broomsfield Swimming Club - and the main web page has been updated accordingly

  3. Anthony has pointed out that a William David J Marquis was born West Ham (includes Leyton) in 1885 - so could have been the photographer.
    This makes me wonder whether the W D Marquis was a member of the swimming club. The picture includes the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th in the race. Was the 4th not shown because William Marquis came fourth - but was taking the picture?


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