Ealing Croquet Club

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The Pavilion, Lammas Park, Culmington Road,
Ealing, London W5 5JH


Ealing’s winning streak goes Surbiton and on

Ealing played Surbiton at GC and AC in four matches over an eight-day period, and managed to win all of them. The Ealing team are obviously on fire, so much so that the fire brigade had to be called during Monday’s match in the GC R League, which Ealing won 5-2.

Martin Blackmore was particularly stoic, and played on as the smoke from a bush fire in the adjacent field swept over the lawns. The rest of the team – David, Tony and Simon Turner – retreated to the clubhouse to watch the spectacle from a safe distance.

History of croquet

Games in which a ball had to be knocked around a course of hoops or obstacles with a mallet were popular in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France. One of them, “Paille Maille”, was introduced to London, where it was played on open ground near St. James’s Palace – later becoming known as Pall Mall. It is to these roots that many croquet historians look when trying to explain the origins of the game.

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History of ECC

Croquet has been played in Lammas Park, albeit not continuously, since the early years of the twentieth century.Since the opening of the park in 1883, Ealing Council has promoted sporting activities. By 1907, in addition to the usual avenues of trees, flower beds and a tea chalet, there were two bowling greens and a cricket pitch with shelters for the players.

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