Played in Britain

Charting the heritage of a nation at play


We publish books about Britain's sporting heritage. If you like an old scoreboard, or a mildewed pavilion; if you would like to know where to find the world's oldest bowling green, or the best Art Deco grandstand in London; if you're fed up with homogenised, commercialised sport, and long to dive into a Victorian swimming pool with gorgeous ceramic tiling; if you think potting balls all afternoon in a dimly-lit billiard hall is definitely not time mis-spent; if you have ever wondered why tennis and suburbia go together so well, then Played in Britain is for you...

Find out more about Played in Britain, our books and our authors

I love this kind of history... The great value of the books is that they help us to remember, to see more clearly, and hopefully to preserve the many ways in which Britain is a country shaped by sport.

Sarah Crompton, Daily Telegraph


Played in Britain news feed: reporting on Britain's sporting heritage

Listed skatepark wins lottery funding for 40th anniversary celebrations

Listed skatepark wins lottery funding for 40th anniversary celebrations

May 10 2018

Britain’s only listed skatepark, the Rom Park in Hornchurch, Essex (featured in Played in London) is to celebrate its 40th anniversary thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A series of events including a lecture, workshop, film and exhibition will take place at the park and at Havering Museum, starting in July.

• Read more details at romskatepark.co.uk/hlf-fund

Cambridge football rules from 1848 commemorated in artworks and global outreach

Cambridge football rules from 1848 commemorated in artworks and global outreach

May 10 2018

Conceived by artists Alan Ward and Neville Gabie, a granite sculpture listing the 1848 rules of football in seven languages has been unveiled at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge – to a mixed response – while versions of the stonework will also be sent to five other countries as part of an initiative to celebrate the huge diversity of public spaces where the game is played worldwide.

For details of the unveiling, visit cambridge-news.co.uk
• For details of the project, visit cambridgerules1848.com

Pub bowling green in Carlise to be restored

Pub bowling green in Carlise to be restored

March 20 2018

It is not often that Played in Britain hears of a bowling green coming back to life, so it is wonderful to note the restoration of the green at The Magpie Inn in Carlisle, designed by Harry Redfern in 1933 for the Carlisle State Managements Scheme and featured in Hugh Hornby's book Bowled Over.

Read the full story at newsandstar.co.uk

Sport scores ten in Historic England campaign

Sport scores ten in Historic England campaign

January 17 2018

As part of Historic England's campaign to celebrate A History of England in 100 Places, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has chosen her top ten places for sport and leisure and can be heard discussing it with Played in Britain author Martin Polley in a new podcast.

• Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud
• Find out more about the Historic England campaign

Moseley Road Baths celebrated at World Monuments Fund lecture

Moseley Road Baths celebrated at World Monuments Fund lecture

January 17 2018

To mark the recognition of Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham by the World Monuments Fund, Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis will deliver the annual Mellon Lecture on Thursday, February 1 at the Art Workers Guild in London. Tickets cost £10.00.

• Read more and book now

Edwardian Reading Lido re-opens after 43 years of disuse

Edwardian Reading Lido re-opens after 43 years of disuse

October 31 2017

Opened specifically for women in 1903 (although the date stone states 1902), and virtually derelict since 1974, Reading's former King's Meadow Open Air Baths has now re-opened as the Thames Lido, under the same ownership as the hugely successful Bristol Lido in Clifton. It represents a remarkable turnaround for a building that was listed Grade II in 2004 and which had been the subject of campaigning for decades.

For more on this story, visit theguardian.com
Official site: thameslido.com


Selected titles from Played in Britain

The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly

The Best of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly

Edited by Simon Inglis

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Charles Buchan's Arsenal Gift Book
Out of print

Charles Buchan's Arsenal Gift Book

Edited by Simon Inglis

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Played in Birmingham

Played in Birmingham

Charting the heritage of a city at play

By Steve Beauchampé & Simon Inglis

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Full of warm nostalgia, but in a serious meaty way, absorbing detail and fascinating social history… the usual Played in Britain trick (is) luring you into their world and making you care as much as they do about something to which you’d barely given a thought before. And… the quality of the photography is superb.

The Observer

For me, this series of books is invaluable. Previous lack of attention by sports historians to the built environment and the way this reflected or impacted on sport is now being redressed. Long may this excellent work continue.

Richard W Cox (University of Manchester) Sport in History

I love your books... keep this wonderful stuff coming.

Brenda Grace, Pontefract

Hugely impressive and immensely important, Played in Britain (is) rapidly becoming the guardian of the nation's sporting heritage.

www.wordofsport.com

A marvellous series - how did we ever do without it?

Brian Salter, East Grinstead

Played in Britain has a reputation for thoroughness and insight... editor Simon Inglis deserves credit for the clarity of his vision.

John Burnett, Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies