SN2143 : Lily Gower's croquet lawn

taken 7 years ago, near to Llechryd, Ceredigion/Sir Ceredigion, Great Britain

Lily  Gower's croquet lawn
Lily Gower's croquet lawn
Lilias Gower (1877-1959) was an outstanding croquet player in an age when women rarely had the chance to demonstrate sporting prowess.
She was brought up at Castell Malgwyn and learnt to play at the Newcastle Emlyn courts after reading a book on the game. Entering her first major tournament at Budleigh Salterton as a novice in 1898 she caused a sensation by sweeping the board, and beating male players! It is thought that her father, Erasmus Gower, had this full-size croquet lawn made for her after this success.
Lily Gower became Lady Champion of England the following year and the next two (1899, 1900, 1901). She married another croquet player, Reginald Beaton, and had two sons but carried on playing top-level croquet all her life, even into her eighties.
Read more about this remarkable sportswoman here LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) and here LinkExternal link
Incidentally, Lily is not the only major sporting figure to belong to the family - the cricketer David Gower is related.
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Saturday, 19 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 22 June, 2010
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Leisure Facilities > Croquet lawns   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 213 434 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:3.6487N 4:36.4526W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SN 213 434
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