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Re: Official Tournament Winners by Event

Essex Championships, England

An Essex Championships tournament was being held as early as 1879, although the tournament in question featured only a men’s singles event. This early tournament was held in late July, in Woodford, in the western part of the county of Essex, which itself is located in the south-east of England.

According to the records, a tournament was also held in Colchester, in north-east Essex, in 1882. However, this tournament featured only two handicap events, a men’s singles and a men’s doubles. It was held at the Colchester Lawn Tennis Club on Whit Monday, May 29. In later years, from about 1895 onwards, Colchester would be the venue for what eventually became the first large-scale Essex Championships tournament, i.e. one featuring open events not just for men, but also for women.

In the interim, in the years circa 1882-95, tournaments were held in several parts of Essex, with Chingford and Leyton being additional venues (both of these areas, formerly located in the western part of Essex, are now part of Greater London). The first women’s singles event of any significance was held in Leyton in 1887. However, it was not until 1895 that challenge cups were presented for both a men’s and women’s single event, at the Colchester tournament.

According to a report carried in “Pastime” on August 7, 1895: “A glance at the names of the competitors in the various events below will suffice to show that the meeting is steadily gaining in popularity, especially with the first-rate players of both sexes. It has now a Ladies’ Challenge Cup, presented by Lady Pearson [née Annie Cass]. […] The prizes were presented by Lady Pearson, the donor of the Ladies’ Cup, and the wife of the MP for Colchester [Weetman Pearson].”

A Challenge Round was thus in force at the Essex Championships from 1896 until about 1905. An asterisk (*) indicates that the holder did not therefore have to play through in the year in question.

In the early years the Essex Championships tournament was usually held in early to mid-August. After World War One the tournament was moved to Westcliff-on-Sea, a popular seaside resort in the south of the county. During its final decades, the Essex Championships were held in Frinton-on-Sea, in the north-east of the county. By this time the tournament had been moved up to the calendar, to mid-July, just after Wimbledon. This popular tournament was discontinued in 1983.
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The women’s singles event at the Essex Championships (1879-1983)

1879 [Woodford] No women’s singles event held
1880 [Woodford] No women’s singles event held
1881 [Woodford] No women’s singles event held
1882 [Colchester] No women’s singles event held
1883 [Brentwood] No women’s singles event held
1884 [Brentwood] No women’s singles event held
1885 [Tournament probably not held]
1886 [Brentwood] No women’s singles event held
1887 [Leyton] B. James d. May Jacks 6-8, 6-2, 6-4
1888 [Chingford] Miss Triscott d. B. James 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 [HO]
1889 [Colchester] Miss Norman d. Helen Kersey 6-2, 6-2
1890 [Chingford] B. James d. Miss Swift 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 [HO]
1890 [Colchester] Winifred Kersey d. Agnes Morton 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
1891 [Chingford] Men's singles event only
1892 [Chingford] C. Day d. E. Brown 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
1893 [Chingford] Women’s singles event handicap only
1894 [Colchester] Women’s singles event handicap only
1895 [Colchester] Agatha Templeman d. Agnes Morton 6-4, 6-2
1896 Ruth Pennington-Legh d. Agatha Templeman 6-4, 7-5
1897 Henrietta Govey Horncastle d. Ursula Templeman 6-0, 6-2*
1898 Beryl Tulloch d. Henrietta Govey Horncastle 6-0, 6-2
1899 Beryl Tulloch d. Agnes Morton 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
1900 Ruth Pennington-Legh Winch d. Beryl Tulloch 6-0, 6-0
1901 Dorothea Douglass d. Agnes Morton 6-3, 6-3*
1902 Winifred Longhurst d. Dorothea Douglass 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
1903 Edith Austin Greville d. Agnes Morton 6-1, 6-3*
1904 Agnes Morton d. Miss Tootell 6-1, 6-3
1905 Agnes Morton d. Miss Tootell 6-2, 6-0
1906 Agnes Morton d. Miss Tootell 6-2, 6-0
1907 Mrs C.E. Hunter d. Agnes Morton, walkover
1908 Agnes Morton d. E. White 6-0, 6-0
1909 Agnes Morton d. M. Brooksmith 6-1, 6-0
1910 M. Brooksmith Madeline Fisher O'Neill 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
1911 Agnes Morton d. Mrs C.E. Hunter 6-1, 6-1
1912 Elizabeth Ryan (USA) d. J. Coles 6-3, 6-4
1913 Tournament not held
1914 Mrs Leigh-Day d. Miss Daniell 6-1, 3-6 6-3
1915-1919 Tournament not held due to World War One
1920 [Westcliff-on-Sea] Irene Bowder Peacock (RSA) d. Mrs Malleson 6-2, 6-1
1921 Irene Bowder Peacock (RSA) d. Geraldine Ramsay Beamish 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
1922 Irene Bowder Peacock (RSA) d. Eleanor Rose 6-4, 6-4
1923 M. Best d. Mrs P. Wilkin 6-2, 6-1
1924 Mrs P. Wilkin d. Davina Gordon 6-1, 6-1
1925 Joan Ridley d. Mrs P. Wilkin 6-3, 6-2
1926 Joan Ridley d. Mary Cambridge 6-4, 6-2
1927 Eleanor Rose d. Joan Ridley 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
1928 Eleanor Rose d. Sheila Johnston 6-0, 6-1
1929 Eleanor Rose d. Joan Marshall 11-9, 3-6, 6-2
1930 Billie Yorke d. D. Sloane-Stanley 6-2, 6-4
1931 Billie Yorke d. E. Weakley 6-1, 6-1
1932 Jean Saunders d. Billie Yorke 7-5, 6-8, 6-4
1933 Patricia Brazier d. Gladys Southwell 3-6, 6-4, 9-7
1934 Shelia Chuter d. Joan Marshall 6-3, 6-2
1935 Gladys Southwell d. Shelia Chuter 7-5, 6-2
1936 Gladys Southwell d. Nina Brown 6-4, 6-2
1937 Gladys Southwell d. Nina Brown 6-2, 8-6
1938 Elsie Goldsack Pittman d. Alexandra Ostrich McKelvie 9-7, 2-6, 6-1
1939 Valerie Scott d. Kay Stammers 6-0, 5-7, 7-5
1940-45 Tournament not held due to World War Two
1946 Jean Nicoll Bostock d. Kay Stammers Menzies 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1947 Jean Nicoll Bostock d. Gem Hoahing 6-1, 6-1
1948 Jean Nicoll Bostock d. Natalia Zinovieff 6-2, 6-1
1949 Patricia Canning Todd (USA) d. Molly Lincoln Blair 6-2, 6-2
1950 Patricia Canning Todd (USA) d. Betty Wilford 6-1, 6-0
1951 Althea Gibson (USA) d. Arvila McGuire (USA) 6-0, 6-2
1952 Jean Walker-Smith d. Jean Quertier-Rinkel 7-5, 6-3
1953 Joan Scott (RSA) d. Elizabeth Dawes 6-2, 6-0
1954 Anne Shilcock d. Judy Burke (NZL) 6-3, 6-3
1955 Beryl Penrose (AUS) d. Mary Carter (AUS) 8-6, 4-6, 6-3
1956 Anne Shilcock d. Margaret O'Donnell 6-4, 6-2
1957 Ruia Morrison (NZL) d. Heather Robson (NZL) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
1958 Christine Truman d. Anne Shilcock 6-3, 7-5
1959 Shirley Bloomer Brasher Patricia Hird 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
1960 Deidre Catt d. Patricia Hird 6-2, 6-4
1961 Patricia Hird d. Caroline Yates-Bell 6-2, 6-3
1962 Jan Lehane (AUS) d. Robyn Ebbern (AUS) 6-3, 6-2
1963 Deidre Catt d. Christine Truman 7-5, 7-5
1964 Deidre Catt d. Carole Rosser 8-6, 6-4
1965 Lesley Turner (AUS) d. Robin Blakelock Lloyd 6-4, 6-3
1966 Judy Tegart (AUS) d. Nell Truman 6-2, 6-0
1967 Ann Haydon Jones d. Gail Sheriff (AUS) 6-0, 6-2
1968 Robin Blackelock Lloyd d. Nell Truman 6-3, 8-6
1969 Margaret Smith Court (AUS) d. Patricia Walkden (RSA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
1970 Margaret Smith Court (AUS) d. Ann Haydon Jones 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
1971 Kerry Harris (AUS) d. Helen Gourlay (AUS) 6-2, 6-4
1972 Lindsay Beaven d. Cherry Panton 6-2, 6-0
1973 Corinne Molesworth d. Greer Stevens (RSA) 7-5, 8-6
1974 Corinne Molesworth d. Beverley Vercoe (NZL) 7-6, 6-4
1975 Annette Coe d. Belinda Thompson 6-3, 6-4
1976 Corinne Molesworth d. Jo Durie 6-4, 9-8
1977 Ann Haydon Jones d. Debra Parker 6-3, 7-5
1978 Corinne Molesworth d. Ann Haydon Jones 6-3, 7-6
1979 Corinne Molesworth d. Annette Coe 6-2, 6-4
1980 D. Taylor led Ellinore Lightbody 6-3, 4-2, when rain interrupted play; the final was then divided
1981 J. Tacon d. L. Stewart (NZL), walkover
1982 Rina Einy d. L. Gracie 6-0, 6-0
1983 Bernadette Randall (AUS) d. Vicki Marler (AUS) 6-2, 6-3
Tournament discontinued.
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