1899 All England

badminton at FonthillAs part of the ongoing research into the history of the All England Badminton Championships, the National Badminton Museum were interested in finding more information on the four finalists in the first All England Women's Doubles Final played in 1899.

All four ladies originated from Devon, the winners Muriel Lucas and Miss Graeme played at the Teignmouth Badminton Club. The Museum made contact with the Teignmouth and Shaldon Museums, who in turn made contact with the players’ families.

Mr. Anthony Graeme confirmed his aunt Mary Violet Graeme played badminton at the All England Championships and supplied the NBM with a photograph of four ladies playing badminton at the family home, Fonthill House, Shaldon,  circa 1900 - we are not sure if the four ladies in the photograph are the All England players.  

The runners up Ethel Warneford Thomson and Miss I. Theobald played at the Budleigh Salterton Badminton Club. so contact was made with the Budleigh Salterton Museum.  They held some information on Ethel Warneford Thomson as she was a Wimbledon tennis champion, but we still need Miss I Theobald's first name for our records. 

The NBM has given all the information they hold on these four players to the local Museums so they can update their records.