Havelock Hall: the East India Company college gymnasium at Addiscombe

Historian article

By Trevor James, published 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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