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Sport and the BritishA Modern History$
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Richard Holt

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780192852298

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852298.001.0001

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Old Ways of Playing

Old Ways of Playing

(p.12) 1 Old Ways of Playing
Sport and the British

Richard Holt

Oxford University Press

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

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