History

Read interesting historical data about the formation of the club below and click on the photographs on the right to view it in full:

The FOUNDATION OF ROTHBURY LAWN TENNIS CLUB has now been established as Friday, 5th July, 1889, following research at Northumberland County Record Office. Members may like to read the early history recorded in the press:

Alnwick & District County Gazette
Saturday, 8th June, 1889
LAWN TENNIS

Visitors to Rothbury will be glad to learn that the members of Rothbury Lawn Tennis Club have been most energetic during the past winter and have succeeded in securing a piece of ground in a field north of the village belonging to Mr R. Farrage, Bank Manager, where they have constructed three excellent courts. The site on the slope of the hill facing the south, near the village is a most picturesque spot, commanding a fine view of the valley of the Coquet and Simonside Hills.

Any information as to the terms of the club, etc., can be had on applying to Mr J.W. Schofield, Hon. Secretary.

Alnwick & District County Gazette
Saturday, 15th June, 1889
WHITSUNTIDE

The Lawn Tennis Club, by the invitation of the Rector, Rev. A.O. Medd, opened their season by a few games on the court of Whitton Tower, and spent a pleasant afternoon there.

Alnwick & District County Gazette
Saturday, 13th July, 1889
ROTHBURY – LAWN TENNIS

LAWN TENNIS – HANDICAP AT ROTHBURY

Reprinted from a newspaper cutting dated August 1892, loaned by Michael Davy, Warton

Owing to the kindness of Miss M. Dawson of Ripon and Rothbury, and the enthusiasm of the members of the above club, a very enjoyable afternoon was spent on the lawn tennis ground at Rothbury. The weather was at first dull and sultry, finally ending in a thunderstorm, which stopped play just before the final rounds of two of the handicaps. Miss Dawson not only provided a sumptuous tea, but gave the following very handsome prizes for competition:- Ladies’ singles, gold broach; Gentleman’s singles, gold sleeve links; Mixed doubles, 1st prize (Lady) handsome writing case and desk combined; 2nd prize (Lady) bottle of Eau de Cologne; 1st prize (Gentleman), silver mounted clothes brush; 2nd prize (Gentleman), perpetual calendar and note tablet, Dr. Barrow, the secretary, carried out the arrangements of the tournament in a satisfactory manner.

Tennis has been played at Rothbury Lawn Tennis Club since 1889
Tennis enjoyed over the years