Havelock Hall: the East India Company college gymnasium at Addiscombe

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Trevor James, last updated: 22nd May 2019

Trevor James emphasises the importance of this structure in England’s sporting landscape.

Tucked behind the houses in Havelock Road in the East Croydon suburb of Addiscombe is a seemingly unprepossessing building, known locally as ‘Havelock Hall’. Now converted into flats, it derives its name from its late nineteenth-century religious use, including twice as a temporary Anglican church. Almost 50 years ago, during the early stages of my Ph. D. research, I identified this building as a highly significant structure in England’s sporting landscape...

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