Category Archives: Single Stick

  1. Four generations of gamesters

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    September 20, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    Robert Blackford had the greatest reputation in the family as a single-stick player. We now know that earlier generations of …
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  2. The Return of Backswording

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    August 5, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    Well this summer I didn’t manage to get to Swindon to watch backswording in person so I’ll settle for a …
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  3. Harriet’s brother John

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    May 20, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    I have looked at the life of Harriet (Blackford) Hall, and why she might want to leave Swindon. I have …
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  4. Back to backswording

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    May 13, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    I’m always alert for references to the game of backsword so I was delighted to find this illustration on Victorian …
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  5. Robert Blackford, noted backsword player

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    February 8, 2016 by auntkatefirmin

    Boxing is an Olympic sport. Fencing is an Olympic sport. Backsword is not; unless you count the Cotswold Olympick games …
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