England is a nation of swimmers: we make around 80 million visits to swimming pools every year. The 1930s were the ‘Golden Age’ of lidos, with over 150 built, and another flurry of swimming pool construction came in the aftermath of the Second World War.
In Georgian Britain, crime was rife. Over 200 offences were punishable by death, including murder, rape, arson, forgery and sheep stealing. A gruesome, painful and humiliating demise was often favoured by the courts.