Crabbet Park, Worth, West Sussex 1907

The Crabbet Park Real Tennis Court was built by Joseph Bickley for Neville Stephen Bulwer-Lytton (1879-1951) and Judith Blunt Lytton (1873-1957; 16th Baroness Wentworth 1917-57) in 1907.

The following photographs (Copyright English Heritage) were taken on 26 July, 1907.  The Tennis Court and Orangery were listed Grade II in 1983 for more information on the building registration: English Heritage.

The group photograph (Left to Right): Joseph Bickley (court “client” architect/builder, Fred Covey (?), Neville Stephen Lytton*, Judith Blunt Lytton (Lady Wentworth), maid (?), 2 grounds keepers (?)

*According to the Bedford Lemere daybook the Hon. N.S. Lytton competed in the 1908 Olympics and won the Bronze medal for exhibition Real Tennis competition.

View Neville-Lytton, 3rd Earl of Lytton’s Wikipedia entry.

View Judith Blunt-Lytton, 16th Baroness Wentworth’s Wikipedia entry.  

“Lady Wentworth’s will stipulated that Crabbet be left to her stud manager and tennis marker Geoffrey Covey, but he had died a few days earlier than Lady Wentworth, thus the Stud passed to his son, Cecil.” – Wikipedia entry on Judith Blunt-Lytton.

Whole-plate glass negative images taken 16 August, 1923 by Bassano ltd

Judith Anne Dorothea Blunt-Lytton, 16th Baroness Wentworth

NPG x30874 © National Portrait Gallery, London