Figure Skating

The First Great British Skating Teacher

I wish to recount the narrative of awesome educator Bernard Adams, and how he turned into an expert skater. The story bears on ice-production and it has never been told in print. Bernard disclosed to me that when he was around sixteen years old his dad, modeler to the Leeds Corporation, kicked the bucket leaving the family none too well off. He hence left school, and having nothing to make and searching for a showing with regards to, was inquired as to whether he would care to care for an ice surface which had been set down in the storm cellar of the Londesborough Theater in Scarborough. Regardless of whether the procedure, which he let me know was the patent of a Serbian Doctor, was that of Professor Gamgee I don’t have the foggiest idea. He was, besides, inquired as to whether he would be set up to exhibit skating to enquirers.

He went up against the activity, purchased a book on skating and showed himself from it. Bernard Adams was in this manner conveyed to London to instruct, and turned into the primary man to be a twofold gold, i.e. to breeze through the five star tests in both the English and the International styles of skating.

There is presumably that the examinations did in the study of ice-production caused a resurgence of enthusiasm for figure-skating. After the time of Jones and his partners, and amid the tremendous ices of the mid nineteenth century, dashing turned out to be just about an enthusiasm with the English, and from the records accessible, we locate a constant decay in its lead, until the establishment of the National Skating Association of Great Britain in 1879.

The greater part of the dashing before that time was for bets and there can be most likely that the colossal measure of wagering done, prompted each possible type of warpedness and abnormality. There are, obviously, on record, occurrences of a lighter character, as the race in 1805 between 130 youthful Dutchwomen held at Leeuwarden in Holland. In 1818 a celebrated race was held in Lancashire, the principal prize, a cap, being won by a man named Marsh and the second prize, a container of gin, by a veteran called Harrison. These and other comparative occasions with an assortment of prizes from a large portion of a crown to a couple of guineas are accounted for in the Sporting Magazine, a generally read distribution of that period.

The Stamford Mercury, one of the most seasoned diaries in England, records a race at Crowland on January 28, 1820, for a prize of five guineas, in which the quickest English skaters, John Young and Charles and John Staplee dashed against J. Gittam of Nordelph, Holland, who was the victor!

A similar diary reports that this triumph set up Gittam as the champion and he was supported by Mr. Woodward, an outstanding sportsman, to skate a straight mile, with a flying begin, in under three minutes, which he did at Prickwillow, on January fourth, 1821, with seven seconds to save.

At this point dashing had held the creative energy of the general population and it wound up plainly a standout amongst the most prevalent games in the nation. Gittams prevalence did not keep going long, for on January fourteenth, 1823, he, and sixteen others, the speediest men in Europe, were altogether beaten by J. Youthful of Nordeiph over a mile, for a prize of £10.00. Youthful, who must not be mistaken for Young of Mepal, stayed incomparable, tested again and again until 1830, when, in his thirty-third year, he was beaten.