The story timeline of how cromer tennis and squash club became the best in norfolk

Cromer Tennis Club wishes to thank Norfolk District Council and our sponsors for their continued support to help this club thrive.

24 Oct 1885

(Norfolk Chronicle)

“A meeting was held at Dr. Fenner’s on Monday night to arrange for the formation of a cricket and lawn tennis club.”


Twelve grass courts were laid down on land adjacent to Norwich Road, Cromer.

21 Aug 1908


“The Cromer Lawn Tennis Club brought their first annual tournament toa successful conclusion on Saturday. There was a large attendance at the finals, affording evidence of the popularity of the gathering. Though the courts were only completed by the end of April, they were in excellent condition, both as regards surface and appointments. For this the committee and the groundsman deserved full share of praise.

The total number of events received during the week for the various events was 167.”

Local dentist Mr. A West Walker was the first winner.

Aug 1919

The Men’s Open singles became the Open Singles Championship of Norfolk

Aug 1923

Mrs Winston Churchill played in the Open Mixed Doubles and in the following year the 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley became the first Norfolk player to win the Men’s Open Championship.

Aug 1926

Two days of heavy rain forced a number of events to be transferred to the indoor courts which were opened at nearby Newhaven Court the previous year.

(These were erected at a cost of £10,000 and were the only covered tennis courts outside London)

Aug 1927

Seven times  former Wimbledon ladies champion Mrs Dorothea Lambert Chambers won both the ladies and mixed doubles.

18 Jan 1935

(Norfolk Chronicle)

“Cromer Lawn Tennis Club grounds, situated on the Norwich Road, are to be bought for the town by Cromer Urban Council. The price is £1250.

Aug 1953

The tournament was won by Tony Pickard of Derbyshire (who went on to achieve success as coach of Stefan Edberg) while in 1955 the ladies champion was a young Ann Haydon who , as Ann Jones, went on to become Wimbledon ladies champion in 1969


A new body, the Cromer Lawn Tennis Courts Association was formed

Aug 1975

Fifteen male members of the Iranian national team monopolised the tournament.

Bob Cox, groundsman for 40 years retires and is succeeded by Mike Thompson who goes on to give 29 years service

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