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Bill Richmond

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — British History.

(1763–1829).

African‐American boxer who settled in Britain and became the first black boxer of international repute. Richmond was born in Cuckold's Town near New York and was a...

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billiards and snooker

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Sport and Leisure.

Billiards is a game which evolved as a popular pursuit in the 19th cent. A modern billiards room was opened in Covent Garden and then in many London clubs. Snooker developed from it in the...

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fives

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — British History.

The game of fives, in a rough form, dates back to Tudor times, though the derivation of the name is unclear. The essential ingredients are a hard ball, gloves to protect the hands, which...

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football

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — British History.

Medieval football was extremely violent, akin to modern hooliganism. Repeated attempts were made by the authorities to suppress it as dangerous, disruptive, and a diversion from archery...

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Highland games

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Sport and Leisure.

Were originally meetings of clans. They developed into more formal gatherings under the influence of the revival of interest in Scottish antiquity fostered by Scott and others in the 1810s....

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ice-skating

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — British History.

In its simplest form dates back many centuries, with skates made out of animal bones. It became fashionable in the 18th cent. and a London Skating Club was founded in 1842. Speed skating...

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motor-cycle racing

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — British History.

Daimler's motor‐bicycle of 1885 could reach 12 m.p.h. Britain lagged behind France and Germany in the development of racing at first but in 1907 Brooklands was opened and the first Tourist...

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shinty

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(iomain or camanachd in Gaelic) is generally believed to have been introduced to Scotland along with Christianity and the Gaelic language nearly 2,000 years ago by the Irish. Shinty, or ...

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W. G. Grace

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — British History.

(1848–1915).

Grace was probably the greatest sporting hero of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, his bulky form and black beard instantly recognizable. He was by profession a...

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