Dorset’s sporting past is part of its heritage, yet is constantly being reinvigorated as one sport fades into history and another gains in popularity. Medieval archery butts are now only street names. Cudgel-fighting and cockfighting belong to the past, though bowls and skittles are still played. If Dorset’s golf courses are the most visible evidence of a sport, every weekend throughout the year sees young and old enjoying a whole range of activities, from athletics to angling, football to fives. Then there are the men and women of Dorset whose sporting achievements are still celebrated: Olympic gold medallists like Charles Bennett and Rodney Pattisson, the boxer Freddie Mills, golfer R. A. Whitcombe and cricketer R.M. Poore.
138 x 204mm
Black and white illustrations throughout