Lord Byron, Hockey, 1800

Here is an article from London, England talking about the life of Lord Byron who recently had passed away. In his youth, he enjoyed to play hockey – which would probably put that around 1800. Lord Byron as did Charles Darwin attended Cambridge University, both of these men are mentioned to have played hockey in the early 1800s. ¬†Now he may have played field hockey, but the game was called “hockey” and it eventually went on to the ice in England.

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Cutler Shops & Swift Shoes, 1835

Here is an article from 1835 in Sherbourne, England where again we see rough, foul mouthed, lower class “blackgaurd boys” playing hockey. We see crowds watching on the shore. We also learn something interesting, that what we know as skates were called “swift shoes” and these sold at the local cutler shops in England.

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St.Paul Daily Globe, 1886

Here is an article from 1886 describing hockey as an old juvenile game. We now see the upper class in New York playing the game. They were playing games with both men and women on teams. This might actually be the first female hockey fight ever recorded.

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Charles Dickens “The Pickwick Papers”

With Charles Dickens again we see references to hockey in multiple illustrations from “The Pickwick Papers”. ¬†First published in 1836, there is an illustration called “Mr. Pickwick Slides” where we see on the ice a hockey stick, bung, and a curling broom. Later versions of the illustrations show ice skates on the bank of the pond.

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