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1881

April 19-23, Covered Court Tournament, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Indoors on Asphalt and Wood)
Venue: Imperial Winter Gardens

Singles (Draw=16)

1R: Marion Bradley d. Mrs O’Connor default
1R: Jane Ramsay d. Mrs Lynch-Staunton default
1R: Clara Hill d. Mrs Hawkins 6-0 6-2
1R: Mary Abercrombie d. B. Williams 6-1 6-4

1R: Ellen Ramsay d. Miss Neate 6-2 6-4
1R: Frances Morris d. Mrs Hornby 6-1 6-2
1R: Edith Atherley d. A. Hawkins 6-5 6-0
1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Butterworth 6-1 6-2

QF: Bradley d. J. Ramsay 6-1 6-1
QF: Abercrombie d. Hill 6-3 6-3
QF: E Ramsay d. Morris 4-6 6-4 6-4
QF: Mardall d. Atherley 6-5 6-1

SF: Bradley d. Abercrombie 6-1 6-1
SF: Mardall d. E. Ramsay 6-4 3-6 6-5

FI: Marion Bradley d. Florence Mardall 3-6 6-2 6-2

Mixed doubles (Draw=10)

1R: Miss Williams/Ernest Browne d. Fanny Morris/Walter L. Rocke 6-2 6-0
1R: Ellen Ramsay/Otway Woodhouse d. Mrs Hornby/Percy Hattersley-Smith 6-2 6-3
1R: Marian Bradley/William Renshaw d. Mary Abercrombie/John Charles Kay 6-2 6-4
1R: Ellen Ramsay/Otway Woodhouse d. Mrs Hornby/Percy Hattersley-Smith 6-2 6-3
1R: Clara (?) Butterworth/George Butterworth d. Jane Ramsay/Seymour T. Tyers 6-2 6-2
1R: Florence Mardall/Henry Porter d. Clara Hill/G. Harrison 6-2 6-4

QF: Bradley/Renshaw d. Ellen Ramsay/Woodhouse 6-1 6-4
QF: Mardall/Porter d. Clara (?) Butterworth/George Butterworth 6-4 5-6 6-2
QF: Miss Williams/Ernest Browne-bye

SF: Williams/Browne d. Bradley/Renshaw ????
SF: Florence Mardall/Henry Porter-bye

FI: Miss Williams/Ernest Browne d. Florence Mardall/Henry Porter ????

From “The Field”, April 23, 1881: “The Cheltenham Lawn Tennis Club have been the first to set the ball rolling this season, and fixed upon Tuesday last for their opening tournament. It being rather early to be playing the game out of doors, it was determined to bring off the matches under cover, so the beautiful courts in the Imperial Winter Gardens were obtained for the week. The principal events were the ladies’ and gentlemen’s matches for the Covered Court Championships, and for these entries of sixteen and fourteen respectively had been obtained, amongst which might be noticed the names of many good players.

Draw notes:

Clara Hill=Mrs Hill
Jane Ramsay=Mrs H. Ramsay

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[Spring Tournament], Devonshire Park Tournament, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

FI: Agnes Watts d. E Hudson [two sets to love]

MX: Agnes Watts/Sidney Noon d. E Hudson/ER Hudson [two sets to love]


Agnes (nee Noon) Watts was listed as Mrs F Watts in sources of the era. SA (Sidney) Noon was her brother.
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[Dates?] Waterford, Ireland (Grass)

FI: May Langrishe (receiving 2 bisques) d. Adela Langrishe 6-2 6-1

MX: Miss Knox/R Knox (receiving 15) d. Beatrice Langrishe/William Renshaw (owing half 30) 6-5 6-0*

These two events were "handicap" only.

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May 21-25, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square

FI: No women’s singles event was held this year.

No women’s doubles event was held this year.

Mixed doubles (Draw=7)


1R: Mary Abercrombie/William Renshaw d. Miss Rice/H. Crawford 6-4 6-5
1R: Connie Butler/Vere Good d. Mrs Whinyates/Captain Marshall 6-1 6-4
1R: Miss Costello/Spencer Maul d. Miss Percival/Ernest Browne default
1R: Miss Crommelin/Alfred Mulholland-bye

SF: Abercrombie/Renshaw d. Crommelin/Mulholland 6-3 7-5
SF: Costello/Maul d. Butler/Goold 6-4 3-6 10-8

FI: Mary Abercrombie/William Renshaw d Miss Costello/Spencer Maul 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-3

Since Ireland was under British rule at this point in time, no nationality is indicated for British players playing in Ireland or for Irish players playing outside of Ireland but still within the British Isles. Per Mark Spencer D Maul was a British soldier stantioned in Ireland at this time.

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May 30-June 4, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)
Venue: Lansdowne Cricket Club at Weston

Singles (Draw=10)

1R: Gertrude Gibbs d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-2 6-0
1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Freeling 6-3 6-3
1R: Clara Hill d. P. Tagart 6-5 6-2
1R: Georgina Kirkby d. Miss Berrington 6-3 6-1
1R: Annie Layard d. "Mrs Heath" 1-6 6-2 retired

QF: Gibbs d. Mardall 6-2 6-3
QF: Layard d. Kirkby 6-1 6-4
QF: Mrs Hill-bye

SF: Gibbs-byw
SF: Layard d. Hill 6-1 6-4

FI: Gertrude Gibbs d. Annie Layard 6-0 7-5

Mixed Doubles (Draw=14)

QF: Florence Mardall/Henry B. Porter d. Beatrice Mardall/ John Charles Kay 6-1 2-6 6-5
QF: Clara Hill/Edward Kenyon-Stow d. Miss Robbins/Pelham G. von Donop default
QF: Grace Gibbs/William J. Bush-Salmon d. Mrs Pinckney/John Bigland Wood 6-1 6-5
QF: Alice Bagnall-Wild/Charles H. Gostling-bye

SF: F Mardall/Porter d. Bagnall-Wild/Gostling 6-4, 6-3
SF: Gibbs/Bush-Salmon d. Hill/Kenyon-Stow 6-4 4-6 6-4

FI: Florence Mardall/Henry B. Porter d. Grace Gibbs/William J. Bush-Salmon 6-0 8-6

This was the inaugural edition of the West of England Championships.

From "The Field", June 4, 1881: "The two lawn tennis clubs of Bath, viz. the Bath Lawn Tennis Club and the Sydney Lawn Tennis Club, arranged to have a tournament under their joint management, and appointed a committee of the two clubs to carry out the scheme, with Mr Ralph Bagnall-Wild as the honorary secretary. In addition to the matches for ladies and gentlemen confined to local talent, it had also been decided to have open events. The committee had taken the grounds of the Lansdowne Cricket Club at Weston for the play, and had arranged to have eight courts. The entries for the different events were very numerous..."

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July 15-16, Staffordshire Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Staffordshire, England (Grass)
Venue: Staffordshire Lawn Tennis Club

FI: Rose Collier d. M Blencowe 6-0 6-5

MX: M Blencowe/A. Blencowe d. Mrs Peters-Smith/A Denton 6-1 6-3

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July 20-23, Edgbaston Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)
Venue: Edgbaston Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club

Singles (Draw=11)[No scores available]

1R: Kate Howard Cartland-bye
1R: Maud Watson d. Miss Heaton ????
1R: K. Holliday d. Miss Cartland ????
1R: K. Stretton d. Miss Gowan default
1R: Miss Chamberlain d. Miss Lindner ????
1R: Lilian Watson d. E. Watson ????

QF: M Watson d. KH Cartland ????
QF: Stretton d. Holliday ????
QF: L Watson d. Chamberlain ????

SF: M Watson d. Stretton ????
SF: L Watson-bye

FI: Maud Watson d. Lilian Watson ????

Doubles (Draw=5)



1R: Miss Chamberlain/Miss Hutton-bye
1R: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson d. Miss Holliday/E. Watson ????
1R: K. Cartland/L. Hutton d. Miss Heaton/Miss Lindner ????

SF: Watson/Watson d. Chamberlain/Hutton ????
SF: Cartland/Hutton-bye

FI: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson d. K Cartland/L. Hutton ????

From "The Field", August 6, 1881: "An open lawn tennis tournament was held on July 20, 21 and 22, at the ground of Edgbaston Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club, in Hall Hill Road, Edgbaston. The prizes offered were for ladies' single and double matches, and gentlemen's singles and doubles. Eleven ladies entered for the single-handed match, and after several excellent games, the final match was played between Miss Watson and Miss M. Watson, of Berkswell, and resulted in the victory of the latter, who took the first prize, Miss Watson carrying off the second. The same ladies playing together succeeded in winning the first prize in the ladies' double-handed match, Miss L. Heaton and Miss Kate Howard Cartland taking the second prize.

"During one of the games in the match between Miss Chamberlain and Miss Watson, it is worthy to notice that deuce was called no less than twenty-two times, and throughout the tournament the play of Miss L. and Maud Watson was very good and at times brilliant. The play throughout both series of matches was excellent. [...] Fortunately, the weather was everything that could be desired, excepting a little rain on Friday; and there was on each day a large attendance of spectators."

It has not been possible to find the result of the women's singles or women's doubles final. This was Maud Watson’s first appearance in open tournament play and the inaugural edition of this tournament.

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July 25-30, London Athletic Club, Stamford Bridge, London, England (Grass)
Venue: London Athletic Club

FI: M Raikes d. Miss Burleigh 5-0 5-2

This was the first edition of this tournament, later the London Championships. In the women’s singles event at this inaugural tournament five games were needed to win a set.

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Circa early August, Darlington, Durham, England (Grass)

1R: Ethel Surtees d. Olive Woods 6-3 6-0
1R: M Congreve d. Mrs JB Sanderson 6-1 6-5
1R: Winifred Fenwick d. May Fenwick 6-0 3-6 6-3
1R: LML Turner d. Miss Marley 6-0 6-3
1R: Mrs JB Dale d. Alice Fenwick 6-2 6-4
1R: Alice Cheese d. Miss Lindley 6-4 6-0

QF: Ethel Surtees d. Congreve 6-4 6-1
QF: Turner d. Fenwick 6-2 6-2
QF: Alice Cheese d. Dale 6-3 3-6 6-4

SF: Ethel Surtees d. LML Turner 6-2 6-1
SF: Alice Cheese-bye

FI: Ethel Surtees d. Alice Cheese 3-6 6-3 6-1

MX: Alice Cheese/JB Dale d. W Fenwick/Mr PC Fenwick 9-7 6-3

Note the bye in the semifinal. Draws were not yet standardized.

In 1881, the nascent Darlington tournament had an interesting draw in that it featured three sisters from the Fenwick family of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northumberland: May (probably christened Julia Margaret; b. 1851), Winifred (b. 1856) and Alice (b. 1858).

The sisters were three of the dozen or so children (six boys and six girls) of Henry William Fenwick and Charlotte Fenwick. Mr Fenwick appears to have come from a long line of distinguished lawmen and was himself a solicitor. At least four of his sons also played tournament tennis: Percival (b. 1860), William (b. 1862), Minden (b. 1864) and Mark (born?).

In the 1880's, some of the Fenwicks emigrated to New Zealand, where they continued to take part in tennis tournaments. Percival Fenwick won the New Zealand Championships in 1886, 1887 and 1888; Minden won it in 1889. The brothers excelled more at lawn tennis than did the sisters.

In contrast to the Fenwicks, the two finalists at the 1881 Darlington tournament are very obscure, there being several Ethel Surtees and several Alice Cheeses in the genealogical records.

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August 2-4, Cirencester, West Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Gertrude Gibbs d. Marian Smith [score?]

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August 2-6, Waterford Cricket Club Tornament, Rocklands, County Waterford, Ireland
Venue: Waterford Cricket Club

Singles (Draw=10)


QF: Adela Langrishe-bye
QF: May Langrishe d. Beatrice Langrishe 3-6 6-2 6-3
QF: Ann Gallwey d. Miss Hunt 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

SF: A Langrishe d. Gallwey 6-5 6-4
SF: M Langrishe-bye

FI: May Langrishe (receiving two bisques) d. Adela Langrishe 6-2 6-1


Entirely a handicap event

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August 4-6 and 8, Waterloo, Liverpool, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=9)

1R: K. Rayner d. F. Helder 6-4 6 -3
1R: A. Barry d. Miss Learmouth 6-1 6-1
1R: Alice Bagnall-Wild d. Mrs Yates 6-1 6-1
1R: H. Rayner-bye
1R: L. Cheetham d. Georgina Kirkby 4-6 6-4 6-3

QF: K. Rayner d. Barry 6-1 6-1
QF: H. Rayner d. Bagnall-Wild 3-6 6-4 6-1
QF: Cheetham-bye

SF: K Rayner-bye
SF: L. Cheetham d. H. Rayner 3-6 6-5 6-3

FI: K. Rayner d. L. Cheetham 6-2 3-6 7-5

DF: A. Barry/F. Helder d. Miss Jardine/Miss Jones 6-2 3-6 6-1

MX: K. Rayner/J.F. Carde d. Alice Bagnall-Wild/E. Bucknell 6-1 12-10

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August 9-12, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=19)

1R: Lilian Cole d. Maude Taylor 6-1 6-3
1R: Miss Cumming d. Miss Sim 6-2 7-5
1R: Mary Hoare d. Miss Bartholomew default
1R: Georgina Kindersley d. Mrs C. Birch 3-6 6-1 7-5
1R: Emma Percy d. Miss Wolfe default
1R: Charlotte Taylor d. Katharine Kindersley 3-6 6-0 6-4
1R: Miss Delonym d. B. Dumbleton 7-5 7-5
1R: J. Vaughan d. Miss Brand default
1R: Eveline Belfield d. Miss Percy 6-0 2-6 7-5
1R: M. Smith-bye

2R: Cole d. Cumming 6-0 7-5
2R: Hoare d. Kindersley 4-6 6-4 6-1
2R: C. Taylor d. E. Percy 6-1 6-0
2R: Smith d. Delonym default
2R: Belfield d. Vaughan 6-0, 6-2

QF: Cole-bye
QF: C. Taylor d. Hoare 6-1 7-5
QF: Belfield d. Smith 5-6 6-3 7-5

SF: Cole d. C. Taylor 7-5 5-7 7-5
SF: Belfield-bye

FI: Lilian Cole d. Eveline Belfield 6-0 6-0

Mixed doubles (Draw=17)

1R: Georgiana Kindersley/Henry Kindersley d. J. Vaughan/Owen Smith 6-0 6-1
1R: Mary Hoare/Wilson Hoare d. Eveline Belfield/Henry Belfield 6-2 6-1
1R: E. Smith/F. Fulford d. Mrs S. Compton-Lundie/S. Hall 6-4 7-5
1R: Katharine Kindersley/Arthur Buckingham d. Miss Delcomyn/Hartwell default
1R: Miss Percy/Charles Pine-Coffin d. Elizabeth Stuart/Dennis Boles 7-5 6-2
1R: Emma Percy/Edward H. Greatore-bye
1R: Mrs Compton-Lundie/C. Hall d. Miss Cumming/Revered Charles Nation, default
1R: Mrs C. Birch/F.E. Younghusband d. Miss Sim/Colonel William Walrond MP 4-6 6-4 7-5
1R: Lilian Cole/Thomas Tombe d. Mrs Brand/A.C. Sim, default

2R: G. Kindersely/Kindersley d. Hoare/Hoare 6-3 2-6 6-1
2R: K. Kindersley/Buckingham d. Smith/Fulford 7-5 6-1
2R: Miss Percy/Pine Coffin d. E. Percy/Greatorex 3-6 6-3 6-2
2R: Compton-Lundie/C. Hall d. Birch/Younghusband 6-2 6-4
2R: Cole/Tombe-bye

QF: G. Kindersley/Kindersley d. K. Kindersely/Buckingham 6-3 6-4
QF: Miss Percy/Pine-Coffin-bye
QF: Cole/Tombe d. Mrs S. Compton-Lundie/C. Hall 6-3 6-1

SF: G. Kindersley/Kindersley-bye
SF: Cole/Tombe d. Miss Percy/Pine-Coffin 6-2 6-2

FI: Georgiana Kindersely/Henry Kindersely d. Lilian Cole/Thomas Tombe 2-6 7-5 7-5

Note: Two Mrs Compton-Lundies appear to have taken part in the mixed doubles event.

This was the inaugural edition of this tournament.

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August 16-20, South of Ireland Championships, County Limerick, Ireland
Venue: Limerick County Cricket Club

Singles handicap (Draw=10)

SF: Miss Westropp d. Mary Lysaght 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
SF: Miss Smith-bye

FI: Miss Smith d. Miss Westropp 8-6 6-1

Note: The above event was handicap only.

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September 15-17, Saint Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=4, plus holder)

1R: Constance Smith d. Marion Langley 6-4 3-6 6-5
1R: Miss Smith d. Miss Hickman 6-2 2-6 6-2

FI: Constance Smith d. Miss Smith 6-0 6-0

CR: Miss Langley (holder) d. Constance Smith 4-6 6-2 6-3

The two finalists were sisters, Mrs CJ (Constance) Smith’s maiden name being Langley.

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September 19-24, Cheltenham Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Hard and Grass)
Venue: Montpelier Gardens

Singles (Draw=13)

1R: Gertrude Gibbs-bye
1R: Florence Mardall d. "Mrs Dark" 6-4 6-4
1R: Mary Abercrombie d. Miss Hulme default
1R: Marion Bradley d. Miss Jones 6-1 6-1
1R: Ellen Ramsay d. A. Ritchie 6-0 6-4
1R: Miss Perry d. Miss Eyres 6-2 6-1
1R: Clara Hill d. Mrs Hastings 6-2 6-1

QF: Gibbs d. Mardall 6-2 6-1
QF: Bradley d. Abercrombie 6-5 6-5
QF: Perry d. Ramsay 2-6 6-1 6-2
QF: Hill-bye

SF: Gibbs d. Hill 6-3 2-6 6-3
SF: Perry d. Bradley 6-2 6-0

FI: Gertrude Gibbs d. Miss Perry 6-4 6-4

DF: Clara Hill/Ellen Ramsay d. "Mrs Dark"/Miss Jones 6-1 6-3

Mixed Doubles not completed due to rain.

From "The Field", September 24, 1881: "The Cheltenham Lawn Tennis Club hold two open tournaments during the season, one in the spring when the play takes place on the covered courts in the Winter Gardens, and the other in the autumn on grass. The meeting under notice took place in an enclosed portion of the Montpelier Gardens, the whole of which grounds are under the managment of Mr James Lillywhite.

"The original programme consisted of five matches [events], while it was expected that other events would be made up. The ladies' singles obtained thirteen entries, including the best Cheltenham players – Miss Bradley, H. Abercrombie and Miss Ramsay, Miss Gibbs (the winner of the Bath tournament), and three Irish ladies, of whom Miss Perry had a great reputation... [...]

"Monday. The weather on the opening day of the tournament was luckily very fine, though rain had been falling heavily during the previous night, and this had tended to make the grass rather heavy..."

It appears that, due to the weather, this edition of this tournament was played on both asphalt and grass courts.

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September 26-October 1, Sussex County Championships, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Hove Rink

Singles (Draw=6)

1R: Edith Coleridge d. Florence Kemmis 6-1 6-1
1R: M. Walker d. E. Munt 6-5 5-6 6-4
1R: Leila Lodwick d. Minnie Congreve 6-3 4-6 6-3

SF: Coleridge d. Walker 6-0 6-4
SF: Lodwick-bye

FI: Edith Coleridge d. Leila Lodwick 6-5 6-2

DF: Miss Maltby/E. Munt d. Miss Saint-Clair/M. Walker 6-2 6-2

MX: E. Munt/H.B. Thornhill d. Leila Lodwick/Orlando R. Coote 6-3 6-1

From "The Field", October 1, 1881: "Play commenced last Monday at three o'clock, and has been continued every morning and afternoon since, the hours being from eleven to one and from three to 5.30. The weather all through the week has been everything that could possibly be wished for, and the matches have been well attended, more especially in the afternoons, by a large and fashionable assembly..."

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October 3-8, Brighton Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Queen's Park, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue:Brighton Lawn Tennis Club

Singles (Draw=3)

SF: Edith Coleridge d. Leila Lodwick 6-5 6-5
SF: Eva Adshead-bye

FI: Edith Colerdige d. Eva Adshead 6-5, 4-6, 6-2

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The bulk of the research for 1881 has been done by Newmark. His original thread may be found at:
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Re: 1881 results

Circa early August, Darlington, Durham, England (Grass)

FR: Ethel Surtees d. Olive Woods 6-3, 6-0
FR: M. Congreve d. Mrs J.B. Sanderson 6-1, 6-5
FR: Winifred Fenwick d. May Fenwick 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
FR: L.M.L. Turner d. Miss Marley 6-0, 6-3
FR: Mrs J.B. Dale d. Alice Fenwick 6-2, 6-4
FR: Alice Cheese d. Miss Lindley 6-4, 6-0
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QF: Ethel Surtees d. M. Congreve 6-4, 6-1
QF: L.M.L. Turner d. Winifred Fenwick 6-2, 6-2
QF: Alice Cheese d. Mrs J.B. Dale 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
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SF: Ethel Surtees d. L.M.L. Turner 6-2, 6-1
SF: Alice Cheese, a bye
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FI: Ethel Surtees d. Alice Cheese 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
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In 1881, the nascent Darlington tournament had an interesting draw in that it featured three sisters from the Fenwick family of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northumberland: May (probably christened Julia Margaret; b. 1851), Winifred (b. 1856) and Alice (b. 1858).

The sisters were three of the dozen or so children (six boys and six girls) of Henry William Fenwick and Charlotte Fenwick. Mr Fenwick appears to have come from a long line of distinguished lawmen and was himself a solicitor. At least four of his sons also played tournament tennis: Percival (b. 1860), William (b. 1862), Minden (b. 1864) and Mark (born?).

In the 1880's, some of the Fenwicks emigrated to New Zealand, where they continued to take part in tennis tournaments. Percival Fenwick won the New Zealand Championships in 1886, 1887 and 1888; Minden won it in 1889. The brothers excelled more at lawn tennis than did the sisters.
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In contrast to the Fenwicks, the two finalists at the 1881 Darlington tournament are very obscure, there being several Ethel Surtees and several Alice Cheeses in the genealogical records.
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Re: 1881 results

Thanks Mark, these rare full results and commentary is now in the main thread for this year.
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Re: 1881 results

Some first names of players featured in this thread:

Eastbourne [spring]

Mrs F. Watts = Agnes Noon Watts
S.A. Noon = Sidney Noon, brother of Agnes
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Irish Championships [May]

S.D. Maul = Spencer D. Maul, a British soldier based in Ireland.
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Staffordshire [July]

Miss Ross-Collier. It's clear from the records that this player's name was Rose Collier.
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Thanks a lot Mark. That advances us far!

Corrections made. Is Rose Collier correct as listed now?
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May 30-June 4, West of England Championships, Bath, England (Grass)

Draw of 10

1R = First round

1R: Grace Gibbs d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-2, 6-0
1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Freeling 6-3, 6-3
1R: Mrs Hill d. P. Tagart 6-5, 6-2
1R: Georgina Kirkby d. Miss Berrington 6-3, 6-1
1R: Annie Layard d. "Mrs Heath" 1-6, 6-2, retired
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QF: Grace Gibbs d. Florence Mardall 6-2, 6-3
QF: Annie Layard d. Georgina Kirkby 6-1, 6-4

Mrs Hill had a bye.
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SF: Annie Layard d. Mrs Hill 6-1, 6-4

Grace Gibbs had a bye.
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FI: Grace Gibbs d. Annie Layard 6-0, 7-5

From "The Field", June 4, 1881: "The two lawn tennis clubs of Bath, viz. the Bath Lawn Tennis Club and the Sydney Lawn Tennis Club, arranged to have a tournament under their joint management, and appointed a committee of the two clubs to carry out the scheme, with Mr Ralph Bagnall-Wild as the honorary secretary. In addition to the matches for ladies and gentlemen confined to local talent, it had also been decided to have open events. The committee had taken the grounds of the Lansdowne Cricket Club at Weston for the play, and had arranged to have eight courts. The entries for the different events were very numerous..."
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July 20-22, Edgbaston Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)

Draw of 11 [No scores available]

1R = First round

1R: Maud Watson d. Miss Heaton
1R: K. Holliday d. Miss Cartland
1R: K. Stretton d. Miss Gowan, walkover
1R: Miss Chamberlain d. Miss Lindner
1R: Lilian Watson d. E. Watson

K. Cartland had a bye.
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QF: Maud Watson d. Kate Howard Cartland
QF: K. Stretton d. K. Holliday
QF: Lilian Watson d. Miss Chamberlain
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SF: Maud Watson d. K. Stretton

Lilian Watson had a bye.
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FI: Maud Watson d. Lilian Watson

From "The Field", August 6, 1881: "An open lawn tennis tournament was held on July 20, 21 and 22, at the ground of Edgbaston Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club, in Hall Hill Road, Edgbaston. The prizes offered were for ladies' single and double matches, and gentlemen's singles and doubles. Eleven ladies entered for the single-handed match, and after several excellent games, the final match was played between Miss Watson and Miss M. Watson, of Berkswell, and resulted in the victory of the latter, who took the first prize, Miss Watson carrying off the second. The same ladies playing together succeeded in winning the first prize in the ladies' double-handed match, Miss L. Heaton and Miss Kate Howard Cartland taking the second prize.

"During one of the games in the match between Miss Chamberlain and Miss Watson, it is worthy to notice that deuce was called no less than twenty-two times, and throughout the tournament the play of Miss L. and Maud Watson was very good and at times brilliant. The play throughout both series of matches was excellent. [...] Fortunately, the weather was everything that could be desired, excepting a little rain on Friday; and there was on each day a large attendance of spectators."
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Re: 1881 results

August 2-6, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

Draw of 19

1R = First round

1R: Lilian Cole d. M. Taylor 6-1, 6-3
1R: Miss Cumming d. Miss Sim 6-2, 7-5
1R: Mrs W. Hoare d. Miss Bartholomew, walkover
1R: E. Percy d. Miss Wolfe, walkover
1R: C. Taylor d. Katharine Kindersley 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
1R: Georgina Kindersley d. Mrs C. Birch 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
1R: Miss Delonym d. B. Dumbleton 7-5, 7-5
1R: J. Vaughan d. Miss Brand, walkover
1R: E. Belfield d. Miss Percy 6-0, 2-6, 7-5

M. Smith had a bye.
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2R = Second round

2R: Lilian Cole d. Miss Cumming 6-0, 7-5
2R: Mrs W. Hoare d. Georgina Kindersley 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
2R: C. Taylor d. E. Percy 6-1, 6-0
2R: M. Smith d. Miss Delonym, walkover
2R: E. Belfield d. J. Vaughan 6-0, 6-2
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QF: C. Taylor d. Mrs W. Hoare 6-1, 7-5
QF: E. Belfield d. M. Smith 5-6, 6-3, 7-5

Lilian Cole had a bye.
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SF: Lilian Cole d. C. Taylor 7-5, 5-7, 7-5

E. Belfield had a bye.
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FI: Lilian Cole d. E. Belfield 6-0, 6-0
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August 4-6 and 8, Waterloo, Liverpool, England (Grass)

Draw of 9

1R = First round

1R: K. Rayner d. F. Helder 6-4,6 -3
1R: A. Barry d. Miss Learmouth 6-1, 6-1
1R: Alice Bagnall-Wild d. Mrs Yates 6-1, 6-1
1R: L. Cheetham d. Georgina Kirkby 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

H. Rayner had a bye.
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QF: K. Rayner d. A. Barry 6-1, 6-1
QF: H. Rayner d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

L. Cheetham had a bye.
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SF: L. Cheetham d. H. Rayner 3-6, 6-5, 6-3

K. Rayner had a bye.
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FI: K. Rayner d. L. Cheetham 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
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DF: A. Barry/F. Helder d. Miss Jardine/Miss Jones 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
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XDF: J.F. Carde/K. Rayner d. E. Bucknell/Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-1, 12-10
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September 15-17, Saint Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, Sussex, England (Grass)

Draw of 5

SF: Constance Smith d. Marion Langley 6-4, 3-6, 6-5
SF: Miss Smith d. Miss Hickman 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
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ACF: Constance Smith d. Miss Smith 6-0, 6-0
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CR: Miss Langley (holder) d. Constance Smith 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
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September 19-24, Cheltenham Lawn Tennis Club, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Draw of 13

1R = First round

1R: Florence Mardall d. "Mrs Dark" 6-4, 6-4
1R: H. Abercrombie d. Miss Hulme, walkover
1R: Miss Bradley d. Miss Jones 6-1, 6-1
1R: Miss Ramsay d. A. Ritchie 6-0, 6-4
1R: Mrs Hill d. Mrs Hastings 6-2, 6-1
1R: Miss Perry d. Miss Eyres 6-2, 6-1

Grace Gibbs had a bye.
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QF: Grace Gibbs d. Florence Mardall 6-2, 6-1
QF: Miss Bradley d. H. Abercrombie 6-5, 6-5
QF: Miss Perry d. Miss Ramsay 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Mrs Hill had a bye.
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SF: Grace Gibbs d. Mrs Hill 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
SF: Miss Perry d. Miss Bradley 6-2, 6-0
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FI: Grace Gibbs d. Miss Perry 6-4, 6-4
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DF: Mrs Hill/Miss Ramsay d. "Mrs Dark"/Miss Jones 6-1, 6-3
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XD: Not completed due to rain.


From "The Field", September 24, 1881: "The Cheltenham Lawn Tennis Club hold two open tournaments during the season, one in the spring when the play takes place on the covered courts in the Winter Gardens, and the other in the autumn on grass. The meeting under notice took place in an enclosed portion of the Montpelier Gardens, the whole of which grounds are under the managment of Mr James Lillywhite.

"The original programme consisted of five matches [events], while it was expected that other events would be made up. The ladies' singles obtained thirteen entries, including the best Cheltenham players – Miss Bradley, H. Abercrombie and Miss Ramsay, Miss Gibbs (the winner of the Bath tournament), and three Irish ladies, of whom Miss Perry had a great reputation... [...]

"Monday. The weather on the opening day of the tournament was luckily very fine, though rain had been falling heavily during the previous night, and this had tended to make the grass rather heavy..."
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September 26-October 1, Sussex County Championships, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Hove Rink

Draw of six

QF: Edith Coleridge d. F. Kemmis 6-1, 6-1
QF: M. Walker d. E. Munt 6-5, 5-6, 6-4
QF: Leila Lodwick d. M. Congreve 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
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SF: Edith Coleridge d. M. Walker 6-0, 6-4

Leila Lodwick had a bye.
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FI: Edith Coleridge d. Leila Lodwick 6-5, 6-2
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DF: Miss Maltby/E. Munt d. Miss Saint-Clair/M. Walker 6-2, 6-2
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XDF: H.B. Thornhill/E. Munt d. Orlando R. Coote/Leila Lodwick 6-3, 6-1

From "The Field", October 1, 1881: "Play commenced last Monday at three o'clock, and has been continued every morning and afternoon since, the hours being from eleven to one and from three to 5.30. The weather all through the week has been everything that could possibly be wished for, and the matches have been well attended, more especially in the afternoons, by a large and fashionable assembly..."
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October 3-8, Brighton Lawn Tennis Club, Queen's Park, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)

Draw of 3

SF: Edith Coleridge d. Leila Lodwick 6-5, 6-5

E. Adshead had a bye.
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FI: Edith Colerdige d. E. Adshead 6-5, 4-6, 6-2
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All added. Thank you very much Mark. Due to your efforts these early years are looking robust now.
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April 19-23, Covered Court Tournament, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Asphalt and Wood)

Draw of 16

1R = First round

1R: Miss Bradley d. Mrs O’Connor, walkover
1R: Mrs H. Ramsay d. Mrs Lynch-Staunton, walkover
1R: Mrs Hill d. Mrs Hawkins 6-0, 6-2
1R: H. Abercrombie d. B. Williams 6-1, 6-4
1R: Miss Ramsay d. Miss Neate 6-2, 6-4
1R: Frances Morris d. Mrs Hornby 6-1, 6-2
1R Edith Atherley d. A. Hawkins 6-5, 6-0
1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Butterworth 6-1, 6-2
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QF: Miss Bradley d. Mrs H. Ramsay 6-1, 6-1
QF: H. Abercrombie d. Mrs Hill 6-3, 6-3
QF: Miss Ramsay d. Frances Morris 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
QF: Florence Mardall d. Edith Atherley 6-5, 6-1
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SF: Miss Bradley d. H. Abercrombie 6-1, 6-1
SF: Florence Mardall d. Miss Ramsay 6-4, 3-6, 6-5
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FI: Miss Bradley d. Florence Mardall 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

From “The Field”, April 23, 1881: “The Cheltenham Lawn Tennis Club have been the first to set the ball rolling this season, and fixed upon Tuesday last for their opening tournament. It being rather early to be playing the game out of doors, it was determined to bring off the matches under cover, so the beautiful courts in the Imperial Winter Gardens were obtained for the week. The principal events were the ladies’ and gentlemen’s matches for the Covered Court Championships, and for these entries of sixteen and fourteen respectively had been obtained, amongst which might be noticed the names of many good players.”
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