John Snow was a strong swimmer and enjoyed swimming in the River Tyne to the west of Newcastle, going against the tide.

Source: Map of England & Wales Divided into Counties, Parliamentary Divisions and Dioceses. Shewing the Principal Roads, Railways, Rivers & Canals, &c., &c., Published by S. Lewis & Co., London. c1840. View Lewis' map at: MAPCO: Map And Plan Collection Online

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