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.
Here we have an article from England that tells about the drowning of a boy who went through the ice trying to retrieve his bung while playing hockey.
Here is an article in England that tells the story of a couple boys stealing cork bungs to play hockey with. The victim took one of the young boy’s hat and chopped it up on a chopping block.
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.
Here is another British newspaper with an article describing the ice conditions of parks in London, along with attendance and sport played. Again we see hockey players as being lower class, “rift-raft”, a nuisance on the ice.
Here is another American newspaper out of Montana in 1892, that states hockey as being “the famous English game”.
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.
Here we have a letter written to an editor of a newspaper in Berkshire, England by an angry citizen. One of the complaints of evil is groups of youths playing bung hockey close to a church on the Sabbath day. They are causing too much noise! and put a rock through a window. Again we see ice hockey getting a negative review
Here we have an article describing some winter fun the people of London are having on the Serpentine River. An impression we get from this article is that ice hockey was a nuisance on the ice. Being played by the lowest classes. We have seen people complaining about the game of ice hockey in various articles. This resembles modern days, youths skate boarding in malls and plazas, causing a nuisance.
Here is another newspaper article from London in 1841, where a 26 year old man fell through the ice to retrieve a bung to play ice hockey with. Isaac Browning, a bricklayer in London, was playing ice hockey on the Surrey Canal when the ice gave way.