Esoteric London

No. 113: Rose Street, WC2

Posted in Literary London, Pubs, Sport by esotericlondon on August 4, 2010

Lamb and Flag, Rose Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

From Wikipedia:

These are the original Broughton Rules, on which the London Prize Ring Rules were based.

  1. That a square of a yard be chalked in the middle of the stage, and on every fresh set-to after a fall, or being parted from the rails, each Second is to bring his Man to the side of the square, and place him opposite to the other, and till they are fairly set-to at the Lines, it shall not be lawful for one to strike at the other.
  2. That, in order to prevent any Disputes, the time a Man lies after a fall, if the Second does not bring his Man to the side of the square, within the space of half a minute, he shall be deemed a beaten Man.
  3. That in every main Battle, no person whatever shall be upon the Stage, except the Principals and their Seconds, the same rule to be observed in bye-battles, except that in the latter, Mr. Broughton is allowed to be upon the Stage to keep decorum, and to assist Gentlemen in getting to their places, provided always he does not interfere in the Battle; and whoever pretends to infringe these Rules to be turned immediately out of the house. Every body is to quit the Stage as soon as the Champions are stripped, before the set-to.
  4. That no Champion be deemed beaten, unless he fails coming up to the line in the limited time, or that his own Second declares him beaten. No Second is to be allowed to ask his man’s Adversary any questions, or advise him to give out.
  5. That in bye-battles, the winning man to have two-thirds of the Money given, which shall be publicly divided upon the Stage, notwithstanding any private agreements to the contrary.
  6. That to prevent Disputes, in every main Battle the Principals shall, on coming on the Stage, choose from among the gentlemen present two Umpires, who shall absolutely decide all Disputes that may arise about the Battle; and if the two Umpires cannot agree, the said Umpires to choose a third, who is to determine it.
  7. That no person is to hit his Adversary when he is down, or seize him by the ham, the breeches, or any part below the waist. A man on his knees is to be reckoned down.

[The Lamb and Flag is one of London’s oldest pubs having been licensed since 1623. It was known as The Bucket Of Blood for a time not because John Dryden was, in 1679, beaten half to death in the alleyway shown above but supposedly because of the prize fights that were held there. R.D.]


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  1. msbaroque said, on March 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Isn’t that the Lamb & Flag?

  2. […] website by clicking here. For another pub with a pugilistic connection see post No. 113 by clicking here.  R.D.] Share this:StumbleUponDiggRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. Tagged with: […]

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