Old Ways of Playing

Richard Holt

in Sport and the British

Published in print August 1990 | ISBN: 9780192852298
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670541 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Social History

Old Ways of Playing

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This chapter examines the traditional sports in Great Britain from the early 18th to the mid-19th century. Contrary to popular belief, a remarkable range of popular games and contests were played and enjoyed in Britain even before the advent of modern sports. Even before the Victorian era, each town or village had its running races, ball games, and a variety of fighting and animal sports. Some of the most popular pre-Victorian sports included football, stow-ball, cudgels, shovelboard, and pitching the bar.

Keywords: traditional sports; Great Britain; pre-Victorian era; running races; ball games; animal sports; fighting sports; cudgels; shovelboard; football

Chapter.  24684 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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