Read online or download a free book: Scotland's Sporting Buildings
Publisher: Historic Scotland (15 May 2014)
By: Nick Haynes(Author)
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Some of the nation's earliest sporting buildings are associated with grand properties and estates. A strong link existed between the nobility and the development of recreational pursuits - going all the way back to Scotland's oldest remaining sporting structure, the royal tennis court at Falkland Palace, built in the mid sixteenth century for James V. At the same time, many of Scotland's traditional sports can be traced to more popular and anarchic gameplaying. Early versions of golf, shinty and football were typically played in kirkyards, streets and public commons in the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries. Famously, curling was played by all ranks of society, but in rural areas it was particularly popular with farmers, masons and others whose work was disrupted by hard frost and freezing temperatures. Athletics, bowling, cricket, curling, football, golf, Highland games, horse-racing, swimming and tennis are just some of the sports that saw a huge groundswell of popular interest and participation in the late nineteenth century, accompanied by feverish building of stadia, grandstands, clubhouses, pavilions, huts and swimming pools. Using stunning photography Scotland's Sporting Buildings brings the special interest of these sites and structures to life for the first time in a fascinating and accessible guide. With a focus on listed buildings - showcasing the results of a landmark, nationwide study undertaken by Historic Scotland - it celebrates the diverse range and outstanding quality of historic purpose-built sporting architecture that exists across the country.
Nick Haynes is an architectural historian and historic buildings consultant. In 2011 he was the winner of the Yale Pevsner 60th Anniversary Photographic Competition, and he has previously authored Building Knowledge: An Architectural History of the University of Glasgow and Perth and Kinross: An Illustrated Architectural Guide.
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