Esoteric London

No. 383: Crystal Palace Park Road, SE26

Posted in Sport by esotericlondon on August 17, 2011

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Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace Park Road, London, SE26. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Curiosities of London Exhibiting the Most Rare and Remarkable Objects of Interest in the Metropolis; with Nearly Sixty Years’ Personal Recollections – John Timbs, 1867:

FOOTBALL was played in the twelfth century by the youth of the City in the fields; and five centuries later, we find football players in Cheapside, Covent Garden, and the Strand; Moorfields and Lincoln’s Inn Fields. There is an old print of football play in Fleet-street.

[…] Gay, in his Trivia, gives this picture of the place [Covent Garden]:–

Where Covent-garden’s famous temple stands,

That boasts the work of Jones’ immortal hands,

Columns with plain magnificence appear,

And graceful porches lead along the square.

Here oft my course I bend, when lo! from far

I spy the furies of the foot-ball war:

The ‘prentice quits his shop to join the crew-

Increasing crowds the flying game pursue.

Oh! whither shall I run? the throng draws nigh;

The ball now skims the street, now soars on high;

The dexterous glazier strong returns the bound,

And jingling sashes on the penthouse sound.

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