Posted by Peter Lester at 17/07/2014 16:29:03
This article, written by Nevil Truman of Nottingham, explores 'real' tennis as opposed to 'lawn' tennis. It describes the court and a little about how the game is played.
Real tennis is believed to have originated in 12th century France. Henry VIII was an avid player; a court built in the 1620s on the site of his older court built in 1528 still survives at Hampton Court Palace. Real tennis is still played today; there are 27 surviving courts in Britain, but unfortunately none are in Nottinghamshire.
This article is part of the Truman family collection, mainly papers of Nevil Percy Truman of 'Langdale', Grove Avenue, Nottingham. He was noted for his wide interests, particularly churches and stained glass. Nevil Truman wrote another article about tennis, 'What the Public Never Sees: Henry VIII’s Tennis court' (reference: DD/1392/77/1).
We hold many collections of lawn tennis clubs. You can find details of these in our index of clubs and societies.