From Harrow School to 185 countries!

Squash, Harrow
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Squash, Great Pyramid Of Giza
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After a start at Harrow School in the 1850s, squash is now played on around 50,000 courts in 185 countries, and has a highly successful world professional tour. Iconic venues such as the Cairo Pyramids (pictured) showcase the PSA Tour.

The history is maintained in World Squash Library so that the materials that chart the growth and general information is available now and for future generations.

The first article on squash was in the Boys Own Paper in 1894 and the first solely squash book appeared in 1900. They, and around 4,000 other documents, handbooks, magazines, championship programmes, advertisements, photos and books are part of the archive.

It is located at Southgate Squash Club in North London where media, researchers and anybody else looking for information can make an appointment to come. Questions from around the world can be sent via Email to [email protected].

Daily social media postings provide a look into specific elements of the history, and features are being added to the Library website (

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