Documents, photos and videos
These primary sources bring stoolball history to life, and they’re great for school history projects. If you know of any old documents or photos of stoolball please let us know.
Getty Images have photos in their archive from the heyday of stoolball in the 1930s, when there were four times as many clubs in right across England as there are today.
Published in 1919, 'Stoolball Illustrated And How To Play It' by Major W W Grantham is both a fascinating primary source from the time of stoolball's revival after the First World War, and also a good summary of this history of the sport.
Andrew Lusted's second book about stoolball brings together all reports of stoolball from the hundreds of local newspapers held at the British Library.
This report of the 1938 season was presented at the AGM of the Stoolball Association for Great Britain. It tells of stoolball being played in London, York, Amsterdam, Sri Lanka, India, New Zealand and even on board an ocean liner.
We need your help. British Pathe has a collection of archive material which shows, among others, stoolball photos and film clips dated 1940 and 1951, which make very interesting viewing. We want to know who is in the clips.
Major W W Grantham was known to have commissioned various bats as he travelled the world on cruise ships. John Price spent five years tracking them down to the Sussex hamlet of Town Littleworth.
This photo, kindly sent to us by Andrew Lusted, shows N Cochrane, a cricket bat maker in Lewes, East Sussex, making stoolball bats.
'West Sussex as seen through the eyes of the WI', has some excellent articles including 'Village Stoolball' by Enid Dunlop from the Funtington and West Stoke Women's Institute (WI).
Here's a selection of photographs and images of stoolball being played from 1861 right through to today in our local schools. If you have any photos to add to this page please send them to us, or upload them to our Facebook page.
Fascinating reports of stoolball matches and leagues from right across the country, which show clearly that stoolball is not just a Sussex sport.
Joseph Strutt published this book in 1801, and mentions stoolball as a sport still played in the north of England in Chapter 3: ‘Rural Exercises Generally Practised’.