Hurlingham Club

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A club established in 1869 in extensive grounds on the banks of London's River Thames, at which clay pigeon shooting was organized, and where polo became established from 1874, followed by lawn tennis (1877) and croquet at the turn of the century. The club was as much a focus of and catalyst for the privileged leisure classes of the late Victorian era as a site of sporting competition; spectacular fetes were held for Queen Victoria's 1887 and 1897 jubilees. The Hurlingham Polo Committee is the governing body for the sport, though playing of the game ceased at Hurlingham itself after World War II.

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