Played in London: Charting the heritage of a city at play (Played in Britain)

Played in London: Charting the heritage of a city at play (Played in Britain)

By: Simon Inglis (author)Paperback

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From its first century Roman amphitheatre to the 21st century Olympic Stadium at Stratford, London has always been a city of spectacles and sporting fever. In the 12th century crowds would gather at Smithfield to watch horse racing and ball games. In Tudor times they flocked to the tiltyards of Whitehall and Westminster to enjoy jousting, while in the 17th century the Stuarts were keen exponents of a game with the familiar name of Pall Mall. From more recent times Wembley, Wimbledon, Twickenham, Lord's and the Oval are known around the world. As the first city to have hosted three Olympic Games, London has also led the way in the development of athletics, boxing and gymnastics and, in the 20th century, of greyhound and speedway racing, and even of darts, once a fairground favourite, now contested in front of massive crowds at one of the capital's latest coliseums, the O2 Arena at Greenwich. Profusely illustrated with detailed maps and in-depth research, Played in London is the most ambitious offering yet from the acclaimed Played in Britain series. Capital sport guaranteed!

About Author

Simon Inglis has written and contributed to numerous books on the history, architecture and heritage of sport. He is editor of the Played in Britain series.


Foreword by Rod Sheard Introduction 1. Played in London SPORTSCAPES 2. Open space 3. River Thames 4. Crystal Palace Park 5. Wembley Park 6. Lea Valley 7. Dulwich 8. Westway SPORTS BUILDINGS 9. Pavillions 10. Grandstands 11. Membership clubs and institutes 12. Company sports clubs 13. Gymnasiums and drill halls 14. Billiard halls 15. Skateparks 16. Outdoor swimming pools 17. Indoor swimming pools SPORTS 18. Bowls 19. Archery 20. Cricket 21. Golf 22. Football 23. Rugby 24. Real tennis 25. Fives 26. Rackets and squash 27. Lawn tennis 28. Athletics 29. Cycling 30. Greyhound racing 31. Speedway 32. Conclusions Links Credits Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781848020573
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781848020573
  • weight: 1470
  • ISBN10: 1848020570

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