By the early years of the 20th Century summer in the English country house was likely to be a very active affair.
During the week the family were sure to be in their town house in London participating in the varied social scene that was the Season.
But at weekends special friends were invited back to house parties. The upper class education of young ladies was not geared to academic success, but to accomplishments that would help to fill in their leisure time as adults or facilitate the entertainment of their guests.
Embroidery, sketching, reading, practising the piano, painting in water colours were all genteel occupations considered most suitable.
But gradually through the last decades of the 19 Century, a quiet revolution had been taking place, young ladies started to participate in "SPORTS!"
There had always been riding, even if they did not join the Hunt, although many were enthusiastic riders to hounds, now they began to enjoy the outdoor sports that their brothers had been able to participate in for years.
Bicycling, archery, tennis, skiing, croquet, fishing, golf, skating, both roller and ice, boating, yachting, photography, and there was not only lady-like equipment to help pursue it, but suitable clothing as well, specially tailored for feminine participation.
Shops, especially in London and the larger cities had started to expand their premises
and by the third quarter of the 19th Century were beginning to move away from general
One such shop was "Lillywhites", John Lillywhite had taken a stand at the International Exhibition of 1862, exhibiting articles associated with cricket.