Sports and Pastimes - a view from the 1950s
Extracts from Chronicles of Patterdale, by Miss Elizabeth A. Little, 1957
With thanks to Patterdale WI
"The village is very lucky to have the Patterdale King George 5th playing field and its two good pavilions. It is used by the Ullswater United Football Club and the Cricket, Bowling and Tennis clubs. The children of Patterdale school use it for their organised games and there are swings, a seesaw and other apparatus to amuse them. The Sheepdog trials and Hound trails, the Mayday celebrations and Fêtes are all held here."
The Cricket and Football clubs have been organised for a long time. First on the old ‘green’ of Patterdale near the Patterdale hotel then by permission of the Marshalls on the Hagg field which, as already stated, was bought from Patterdale Hall estate by public subscription.
Wrestling. There used to be a Wrestling Academy in the village near the Patterdale hotel and wrestling in the Cumberland and Westmorland style has been a popular Lakeland sport for centuries.
Fell and Flat racing are also popular sports at the Lakeland gatherings.....Robert Pool, known as ‘Bobbie’, was a mason by trade, when he won the Fell race at Patterdale. The sports arena in those days was in the Side Farm pastures, and he won the race to the top of Place fell, and back, in the incredible time of 25 minutes!
The Patterdale Women's Institute had a very keen folk dancing class in the 1920s.
From 1948 - 1956 a Mayday festival was held and a May Queen crowned.
Extracts from Chronicles of Patterdale, by Miss Elizabeth A. Little, 1957. With thanks to Patterdale WI