Esoteric London

No. 994: Green Lanes, N4

Posted in Sport by esotericlondon on December 19, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_3705 copy

The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, London N4. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Living London; Its Work And Its Play, Its Humour And Its Pathos, Its Sights And Its Scenes – George R. Sims [Ed.], 1902:

[…] it [must not] be supposed that London is at all deficient in the gymnastic side of athletics. Almost every big park has a public gymnasium, the apparatus being specially arranged to meet the differing requirements of children, youths, and adults. Thus no one under 12 is allowed in the “seniors” part, while no one over that age may make use of the juvenile division. In the latter swings and see-saws predominate, whereas the rings, giant-strides, climbing ropes, and poles are always confined to the former section. It is noteworthy that the greater part of the exercise in the “seniors” part in the seniors divisions is done before breakfast and after tea, thus differing somewhat from what obtains at the athletic grounds, at which nearly all the training is done in the late afternoon and evening.

[The Castle Climbing Centre is one of Europe’s premier climbing centres housed in a large, grade II* listed, Victorian water pumping station in Stoke Newington, North London. R.D.]