Swimming against the tide at Old Portsmouth

The perilous path of Dennis Davis's swim.

The perilous path of Dennis Davis's swim.

Before culverts were installed the Lavant used to run through Havant town centre. Here is a 1914 view along West Street.

Rising of the winter streams which causes havoc in villages

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On the subject of Broad Street, I was again talking to Dennis Davis last week and he told me about the times the lads from the area used to go swimming.

‘Not so much swimming, more doggy paddling,’ he says.

I asked him where they used to go and he told me he and his mates would climb over a wall between the old Customs House and Quebec House.

Then they would swim around Quebec House to the slipway used by boatbuilder Harry Feltham.

A feat which I find terrifying.

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