The History of Badminton

The game of badminton evolved from the old game of ‘battledore and shuttlecock’ in 1863 in Badminton House, England.

The game was not particularly popular in this country at that time and was taken to India by army officers in the British Indian Army. We know that some of the sons of the Duke of Beaufort, who lived in Badminton House were in the British Indian Army.

Over the next decade, the game became very popular with British Army Officers and British Civil Servants stationed in India. The good weather conditions in India meant the game was mainly played outside.

In about 1873 the game became more popular in England with army officers and civil servants returning from India and forming Badminton Clubs mainly in the South of England.

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