Row­ing clubs’ his­tory

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - YOURLOCAL -

Ac­cord­ing to an ear­lier Tele­graph re­port, the 1862 Maid­stone Re­gatta was or­gan­ised by five am­a­teur boats clubs, The Star, The Sun, The Comet, The Whit­worth and The Ha­ditz. They sound as though they may have been cen­tred around pubs. By 1885, an en­try in the Stevens Di­rec­tory of Maid­stone and Neigh­bours listed three clubs, the Maid­stone Row­ing Club, the In­victa Row­ing Club and the Maid­stone Church In­sti­tute Row­ing Club. Richard Bald­win is a rower with today’s Maid­stone In­victa Row­ing Club, founded in its present form in 1984, when it used the premises of the Royal Engi­neers Row­ing Club. Mr Bald­win is keen to re­search the his­tory of row­ing on the river. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion, par­tic­u­larly if they have any early photos or race pro­grammes, is asked to con­tact Mr Bald­win on richardis­thor@gmail.com

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