OLDER THAN ALL ENGLAND CLUB
In this small way began the great open tournaments of today. On 21st March 1877 the Annual Meeting decided to alter the name of the Society to "The Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society", the name which has been retained ever since. This was some three weeks prior to the All-England Croquet Club adding "lawn tennis" to its title, a few weeks before it announced the first Championship Meeting.
The rapidly growing hold of the game was reflected in the decision that the "the game of lawn tennis shall be permissible on Monday and Wednesday after five o'clock, alternate Saturdays, all day, and the weeks when archery comes on Saturdays, Fridays after five o'clock and also after the archery Meetings" - and we think the arrangements for play today are confusing!