Queen’s House 1871 Rugby Shirt
Founding Member of the Rugby Football Union in 1871 – Queen’s House 1871 Rugby Shirt
The Queen’s House RFC was a founder member of the Rugby Football Union. Queen’s House R.F.C. was established in 1867 through the cooperation of the brothers Rowland and Edward Hill and the families of Hewitt and Fry, who all lived in Greenwich.
The club was named after the famous Queen’s House (nowadays part of the National Maritime Museum) in Greenwich where Edward and Rowland Hill were born. The team wore a jersey with a crown crest.
Queen’s House England Rugby internationals and its most famous member
Queen’s House produced three England internationals Sidney Ellis, Thomas William Fry, and Walter William Hewitt. But perhaps the most famous member of the club was George Roland Hill, who later went on to become a pillar of the RFU establishment. Hill served the Union as honorary secretary for 23 years (1881-1904). In addition, he was the 18th president (1904-06). He was the first man ever to be knighted for services to Rugby Union Football.
Queen’s House RFC along with 21 Rugby Clubs formalised the game of Rugby Football
It was on the 4th of December 1870, Edwin Ash of Richmond and Benjamin Burns of Blackheath published a letter in The Times suggesting that “those who play the rugby-type game should meet to form a code of practice as various clubs play to rules which differ from others, which makes the game difficult to play.”
So on the 26th of January 1871. A meeting attended by representatives from 21 clubs was held in London at the Pall Mall Restaurant on Regent Street.
This historic event inspired the design of The 21 Club Collection and the Queen’s House 1871 Rugby Shirt
The ‘21 Club’ fashion collection from Ellis Rugby gains inspiration from this historic event that fashioned the game of Rugby Football.
The 21 clubs present at the meeting were – Blackheath (represented by Burns and Frederick Stokes the latter becoming the first captain of England), Richmond, and Ravenscourt Park. Also, West Kent, Marlborough Nomads, Wimbledon Hornets, Gipsies, and Civil Service. In addition, The Law Club, Wellington College, Guy’s Hospital, Flamingoes, Clapham Rovers, and Harlequin F.C. Also, King’s College Hospital, St Paul’s, Queen’s House, and Laussane. Finally, Addison, Mohicans, and Belsize Park.
While many of these teams have subsequently disbanded. The Ellis Rugby 21 Club Collection brings these clubs back to life to form an exciting range of contemporary fashion wear.
The 21 Club Collection by Ellis Rugby
Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Queen’s House 1871 Rugby Shirt features a detailed Crown embroider. Also, includes matching the inner placket, cuffs, and collar, herringbone detail on vents, and tape on the neck opening. In addition, an applique number 8 is on the back. Also, Ellis Rugby branding on the chest and collar stand.