Jane tough at Turf

History

Founded in 1861, the Turf Club began life as the Arlington, with premises in Bennett Street, Piccadilly.[1] It was while there that members drew up the laws of whist, officially sanctioned by the Portland Club in 1864.[2]
Members had originally wished to call themselves simply The Club until it was discovered that they had been beaten to it: a hundred years or so earlier the name had been claimed by Dr Johnson and Sir Joshua Reynolds for their renowned dining society.
The Turf Club moved in 1875 to the corner of Piccadilly and Clarges Street. The new building at 85 Piccadilly, designed by John Norton[3], remained the clubhouse for ninety years until the Club decided to sell the extremely valuable freehold.[4]
In 1965, the Turf Club moved to its current home at 5 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AQ, overlooking the Mall. Carlton House Terrace itself was designed and built by John Nash, the famous Regency architect, between 1827 and 1833. The lease on Number 5 was held by the Earls of Caledon from 1830 until 1929, and its residents included Lord Palmerston; John Hay, the U.S. Ambassador; Emerald, Lady Cunard (mother of Nancy Cunard); and Harry Gordon Selfridge, founder of Selfridges.[5]
Some quotations about this English aristocratic bastion include:
“There are . . . few members who are not of particularly blue blood who have succeeded in passing the portals of the Turf Club, which is a pretty close preserve for the aristocracy.” [1904] [6]
“Probably the most exclusive club in London.” [1911] [7]
“Socially it was extremely pleasant, the majority of the members being principally engaged in amusing themselves.” [1920] [8]
“At the turn of the [Twentieth] century, when many clubs were forced to admit a wider range of members, the Turf remained notably exclusive. It has always been particularly well off for Dukes.” [1979] [9]
“A younger edition of White’s.” [1979] [10]
“It is the most beautiful gentlemen’s club in London and has the youngest membership.” [1984] [11]
In December 2008, it was reported by the Daily Mail that the Princes William and Harry, sons of the Prince of Wales, had been given membership to the ‘patrician haunt’. In the same article it was written that the annual members’ fee was £1000.

History

Founded in 1861, the Turf Club began life as the Arlington, with premises in Bennett Street, Piccadilly.[1] It was while there that members drew up the laws of whist, officially sanctioned by the Portland Club in 1864.[2]Members had originally wished to call themselves simply The Club until it was discovered that they had been beaten to it: a hundred years or so earlier the name had been claimed by Dr Johnson and Sir Joshua Reynolds for their renowned dining society.The Turf Club moved in 1875 to the corner of Piccadilly and Clarges Street. The new building at 85 Piccadilly, designed by John Norton[3], remained the clubhouse for ninety years until the Club decided to sell the extremely valuable freehold.[4]In 1965, the Turf Club moved to its current home at 5 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AQ, overlooking the Mall. Carlton House Terrace itself was designed and built by John Nash, the famous Regency architect, between 1827 and 1833. The lease on Number 5 was held by the Earls of Caledon from 1830 until 1929, and its residents included Lord Palmerston; John Hay, the U.S. Ambassador; Emerald, Lady Cunard (mother of Nancy Cunard); and Harry Gordon Selfridge, founder of Selfridges.[5]Some quotations about this English aristocratic bastion include:”There are . . . few members who are not of particularly blue blood who have succeeded in passing the portals of the Turf Club, which is a pretty close preserve for the aristocracy.” [1904] [6]”Probably the most exclusive club in London.” [1911] [7]”Socially it was extremely pleasant, the majority of the members being principally engaged in amusing themselves.” [1920] [8]”At the turn of the [Twentieth] century, when many clubs were forced to admit a wider range of members, the Turf remained notably exclusive. It has always been particularly well off for Dukes.” [1979] [9]”A younger edition of White’s.” [1979] [10]”It is the most beautiful gentlemen’s club in London and has the youngest membership.” [1984] [11]In December 2008, it was reported by the Daily Mail that the Princes William and Harry, sons of the Prince of Wales, had been given membership to the ‘patrician haunt’. In the same article it was written that the annual members’ fee was £1000.

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