Appendix 1: Other trophies

While donating the ‘Woolston’ trophies to the SCA, Gail and Tremaine Arkley also generously sent two medals.

The 'Fenwicke' medal

One, a silver medal inscribed “United All England Croquet Association” and “Won by Miss M Fenwicke”, is just a little over an inch in diameter. It was made by the firm of Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders & James Francis Hollings Shepherd of Holborn Circus, London and has the London date-letter for 1898, the year it was played for according to the bar on the ribbon. The United All England Croquet Association was founded in 1896 and changed its name to the Croquet Association in 1900.

A Miss Margaret Georgina Fenwicke competed in the 1902 Championship; in that year she lived in Branson House, Darlington but by 1905 she had moved a little distance to Hurworth-on-Tees where she remained until her death in 1937.

Miss Fenwicke achieved her medal by winning only two games! For just a few years the medal was presented to anyone who had not previously been awarded a medal, on their reaching the semi-final stage of an open tournament with at least 16 entrants. The 1898 competition for the Macfie Prize (held at the same time as the Championship but with single games rather than best-of-three matches) had exactly 16 entrants. Miss Fenwicke beat a Mr Hargrave and a Mr Lloyd before losing to Macfie, who also claimed a medal; Mrs Macfie had won one the previous year.

The replica of the medal struck to commemorate the coronation, in 1911, of King George V and Queen Mary, is 1½ inches in diameter and weighs about 15 pennyweights (22 grams). It is housed in a case labelled JS & WW Lawson, 172 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, but the hallmark is that of Marples & Beasley and the assay office Birmingham. That firm produced a number of interesting items, such as masonic and military badges as well as the Robertson’s golly! The donor was Sir Daniel Macaulay Stevenson (see ‘The Scottish players’) but there is no record of the medal having been played for.

The 'Stevenson' medal

The SCA is fortunate to possess, through the generosity of Jill Goulder, whose maternal grandmother was the niece of three-time Scottish champion Mary Macfie, a silver cigarette box, the trophy for the Riviera Open Doubles Championship of 1903 (though the inscription does not mention croquet) won by David & Mary Macfie. Because the contestants were overwhelmingly (if not indeed exclusively) British, it is not surprising that the box is hallmarked for London, 1901, the maker’s mark being W.F.W which stands for William Frederick Wright. The box is approximately 12 cm x 9 cm x 4 cm, is lined with leather and weighs 430 gm. What is perhaps surprising is that a single box should be presented as a doubles trophy. Perhaps trophies were allocated after the winners were known! At the time of their victory DJ Macfie was 75, though Mrs Macfie was only 48 and the current Scottish champion.

The 'Menton' cigarette box

The Macfies rather dominated the Menton tournaments that year: it is true that Mary lost in the first round of the handicap singles and David in the third, but they won the handicap doubles as well as the open doubles and were the finalists in the open singles. Lawn Tennis and Croquet says of that final “In the first game when 26 all Mrs, Macfie retired, leaving D.J. Macfie champion.” We shall never know why, but remember they were playing the sequence game (with a turning peg). Suppose Mary was for rover with yellow and peg with red when David pegged red out with blue and black is by the peg. She may have thrown in the towel as she knew she would never get a shot with yellow. But why not let the game take its course? More likely she wanted to spare her husband another game or possibly two. Or perhaps it was time for lunch.