The former *Twickenham Post Office

Historic England notes:

“…John Rutherford of HM Office of Works…seems to have been especially active at this period, designing similarly sober designs for *Twickenham (1908), Torquay (1909) and St Helier, Jersey (1910).”.


“Twickenham is the home of rugby and, appropriately, this Wetherspoon pub is named after William Webb Ellis, who is said to have invented the game.

A photograph, illustration and text about William Webb Ellis.

The text reads: William Webb Ellis entered Rugby school at 9 years of age in 1816. The school played a primitive form of Association Football, a pick-up game for a vast crowd of players, in which it was strictly forbidden to catch and then run with the ball. If the ball was caught, the player could retreat and punt it drop kick style towards the opposition goal, whilst the opposing team could only advance to the spot where the catch had been made. In a game in 1823 Webb Ellis caught the ball and rushed forward with it in his hands. From this historic infringement of the rules the modern game Rugby developed.

Ellis died in 1872, just two days before the Rugby Football Union was formed to govern the game based on is departure. The RFU subsequently identified Ellis’ act, which they called “our hero’s invention”, as the origin of their game.”

Michael Aylwin wrote in The Guardian of 16 Sep 2019:

“…According to the archives of Rugby School, Harris entered the Upper School in 1822, three years after he had joined. Which means there had been boys running with the ball at Rugby School for more than a year before Ellis is supposed to have invented the practice, quite probably as many as four.

The myth-makers of Rugby School – and everyone else since – conveniently overlooked this detail. They needed a character, a story, through which to say, this game is ours. It was a naked attempt by the public school to reassert ownership of the sport in the face of a working‑class revolution. Thus, the William Webb Ellis myth is a distillation of all the elitist energies rugby in the 21st century is so desperately trying to undo.

Which begs the question, who ever thought it was a good idea to name the sport’s highest prize after him? Now that rugby has shaken off the blazers of empire, it is time to retire Ellis. Let New Zealand keep the Webb Ellis Cup, so that rugby can mint a new standard, bearing the name of someone more appropriate. The Jonah Lomu (12 May 1975 – 18 November 2015) Cup, for example. Now there is someone who very definitely ran with the ball. There is someone who changed the sport for ever…”

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