EDGBASTON ARCHERY & LAWN TENNIS SOCIETY
THE OLDEST LAWN TENNIS CLUB IN THE WORLD
FOUNDED 1860

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CROQUET

It was in March 1870 that the game of croquet was introduced, by resolution, which allowed play "after the shooting at the Meeting, but at no other times on the actual archery ground". A month or two later, Monday and Friday evenings were set apart for croquet and in the same year the name of the Society was altered to include croquet.

Lawn tennis appears to have crept in between 1873 and 1875. It was well established by this latter date - two years before the first championship meeting at Wimbledon, and while the game was still going through the process of codification - as evidenced by a circular which contained the following announcement:

"Weekly Meetings are held during the summer for archery, croquet and lawn tennis, at which numerous prizes were distributed."

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