This short article first appeared in the Keyworth News.
My little article in the December issue, appealing for names of the stretches of Fairham Brook where village children used to spend their summers, prompted several telephone calls from long-term residents of the village, all with better memories than mine.
About 200 metres upstream of Sailors, towards Widmerpool, is (or was) Old Hole. The generation before mine, now into their seventies, used to swim in here and sometimes also in Sailors. As far as I can remember “we” – those of us who are now around the half century mark - never ventured that far upstream, restricting ourselves from Sailors down to Wysall Lane.
Just down from Sailors, there used to be a tall exposed face where Kingfishers nested, and this is presumed to be the origin of the name for the neighbouring pool, Kings. One person also volunteered Queens as being nearby. My neighbour tells me an acquaintance calls these Kingswater & Queenswater.