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Stoolball through the ages – photographs and drawings

Here’s a selection of photographs and drawings 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.

Ready for stoolball, 1861

Ready for stoolball, 1861

The Ancient National Game of Stoolball - A Match At Horsham Park

The Ancient National Game of Stoolball – A Match At Horsham Park

This line drawing appeared in The Graphic on 12 October 1878.

Society of Sussex Downsmen v Men of Sussex; Sir William Bull MP batting

Society of Sussex Downsmen v Men of Sussex; Sir William Bull MP batting

The Bishop of London and the Matron of the Girls' Heritage, Chailey, playing stoolball

The Bishop of London and the Matron of the Girls’ Heritage, Chailey, playing stoolball

Iolanthe Stoolball Club from Balcombe, East Sussex circa 1900

Iolanthe Stoolball Club from Balcombe, East Sussex circa 1900

Hailsham Ladies Stoolball team (or possibly Lewes), probably in the early 20s

Hailsham Ladies Stoolball team (or possibly Lewes), probably in the early 20s

Photo courtesy of Liz Montgomery (nee Sharp). Liz’s grandmother, Martha Sharp (nee Ainsworth), is seated and is farthest on the right hand side. Recognise anybody else?

Still ready for stoolball, 1928

Still ready for stoolball, 1928

Nutley School, Class 5, 1928

Nutley School, Class 5, 1928

Back row, left to right: Mabel Stevens, Alice Penfold (13 years old), Winnie Bishop, Miss Payne (class teacher), Vera Stevenson, Winnie Wickham, Betty Sad

Middle row, left to right: Edie Sayers, Ethel Kirby, Olive Ridley (captain), Maudy Ridley, Elsie Stevenson

Seated at front: Dolly Sayers (scorer)

Class V16 Oxbridge Lane boys playing stoolball in Stockton-on-Tees in July 1932

Class V16 Oxbridge Lane boys playing stoolball in Stockton-on-Tees in July 1932

This photograph is reproduced with the permission of Stockton Library Service. Please contact them if you would like to use it for any other purpose.

The stoolball team at Drefach School, West Wales, 1933

The stoolball team at Drefach School, West Wales, 1933

Marigolds stoolball team, Three Bridges, West Sussex in the 1950s

Marigolds stoolball team, Three Bridges, West Sussex in the 1950s

Southover Primary School, Lewes, Golden Jubilee team 2002

Southover Primary School, Lewes, Golden Jubilee team 2002