Christoph Wallendahl, F Social, has been researching the history of fencing at Radley. With 7 boys now in the Nationals for Fencing it is fitting that Christoph’s research is available now to read on the Archives website.
An excerpt taken from Christoph Wallendahl's research:
Fencing was one of the original sports played at Radley, and it was encouraged by William Sewell from the foundation of Radley in 1847, and even before during his earlier experiments with education. In fact it was a compulsory sport, putting it on the same footing as Rugby or Cricket.
As a result, it is believed that Radley was one of the first groups to practice fencing in Britain, for the oldest known club is the London Thames Fencing Club, established in 1848, (one year after Radley started to practice fencing in 1847). This means that fencing has been practiced at Radley for 169 years.