On the buses #38: Zoe Brigden

May 29, 2018

 

Illustration by Joda 

 

Whilst it’s strictly verboten today, there was a time when jumping off the end of the pier was positively lauded. Before the arrival of slot machines and rollercoasters, crowds would flock to see the daring exploits of aquatic entertainers and Brighton girl, Zoe Brigden, was one of the few women among them. Born in 1891 to the Brigden family of Mighell Street (since demolished to make way for the development of Amex House), she was a local swimming champion before a shoulder injury cut short her professional career. Seemingly undaunted by that injury (or the threat of worse) in 1915 she joined... [read more]

 

 

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