Esoteric London

No. 774: Old Bond Street, W1

Posted in Sport by esotericlondon on February 14, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_8333 copy

Old Bond Street, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

London and Londoners in the Eighteen-Fifties and Sixties – Alfred Rosling Bennett, 1924:

The ladies had no lawn-tennis to develop their innate gracefulness, but they did possess archery; and bending the bow and aiming the shaft found favour with many of them – as might indeed be expected, their close connection with Cupid being considered and given due weight to. There were several Archery Clubs in London – and archery manuals could be bought at the railway bookstalls – which held meetings at the Crystal Palace and elsewhere at which the fair members assumed many a beautiful pose, and no doubt scored many a hit. Their targets might appropriately have been marked with men’s hearts instead of bull’s-eyes. They were not, as a matter of fact, but probably the hearts didn’t escape for all that.

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