Today Is Town Crier Day plus Wimbledon Announce New Tournment

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Town Crier Day

Town Criers are a bit thin on the ground these days. Go back in history though and you will find a Town Crier on the streets of virtually any large township.

 

The Town Crier would be sent to the town square with a scroll to announce items of news that the people needed to know about. For instance it could have been taxes were due, or that there had been the birth of a new heir to the throne.

 

He had a very important position in the society of the day as this was the only means of informing the populace of events. Even when printing was invented, enabling the production of the first newspapers, the Town Crier was still required. This was due to the fact that there were very few literate people in the world.

Wimbledon

You no doubt have heard of Wimbldon. Famous for two things. Tennis and Wombles.

 

The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began it’s first trophy competition on July 9th 1877.

 

The club was actually formed to promote croquet, not tennis. Easily told by the way the name is read.

 

The club was originally established on four acres of meadow to promote croquet. The first tournament for tennis had 22 entrants. Only 21 actually showed for the match. The scoring was based on a clock face 15, 30, etc. The tournament ws suspended to allow the cricket match between Eaton and Harrow.

 

The final for the tennis match was rained out and rescheduled for a later day where around 200 spectators paid one shilling to get in.

 

Spencer Gore defeated William Marshall at Wimbledon to take home a 25 Guinea trophy.

 

Ladies singles started in 1884.

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