The fading light of Corinth: The demise of the corporate sports ground

IF YOU FLEW across South London, Kent and Surrey in the mid-1970s, you would have looked down on acres of sports grounds comprising rugby, football and hockey pitches. Many of these grounds, with their excellent facilities and perpetual odour of horse liniment, were owned by banks, insurance companies and old boy networks. National Westminster Bank had two fine sports grounds, at Norbury and Lower Syndenham. All the major banks had their own similar temples devoted to fresh air and exercise  – Midland had one almost opposite NWB (no NatWest in those days) in Lower Sydenham, and the Bank of England’s … Continue reading The fading light of Corinth: The demise of the corporate sports ground