Lewes History Group Meeting – Monday 12 October 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Mat Homewood: Sports and Pastimes in Old Lewes: from the Amazing to the Bizarre

Mat Homewood takes a light-hearted look at the history of sporting events in Sussex. Sport has been a key feature of Sussex life throughout the centuries, with cricket, stoolball and horse racing being commonplace events.

However, there have also been less talked-about sporting activities. These included many running races, a fair degree of sparrow shooting, and a host of entertaining village sports days, comprising of events such as the hundred yard balloon race, the pillow fight, and the menagerie race!

This talk will reveal evidence of a diverse range of sporting achievements, from the exploits of the amazing Victorian Lewes athlete Tom Mantell, whose trophy cabinet was brimming with silverware won in national competitions, to the Lewes Round Table sports team, who won a piano bashing contest in Little Horsted in 1969.

Lewes Football Club has of course played a major role in the history of sport in the town, and a talk on local sport would not be complete without a look at some of their highs and lows of the distant past.

And who knew about the proposal for a greyhound stadium in Lewes in the 1940s? All will be revealed.

Tom Mantell with his athletics trophies
Image by kind permission of Edward Reeves Photography

All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.




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