Dora Boothby (1881 to 1970)

Dora Boothby (1881-1970)

40 Harold Road

Penelope Dora Harvey Boothby was born in Finchley, Middlesex on August 2nd 1881.  She and her older sister Gertrude lived with their stepparents at 40 Harold Road, Upper Norwood.  It was likely that she learned to play tennis at the Harold Road Tennis Club.  She then moved to 260 South Norwood Hill where she practised at the Beulah Hill Tennis Club. Her tennis flourished and she made her first appearance at Beckenham in 1900 winning the Handicap Singles, having another success in the Mixed. Her outstanding talent won cups at Surbiton, Redhill, Chichester, Folkestone and Teignmouth. At Lowestoft the cup became hers because she won it three times in a row. She also held the coveted Queen’s Club Covered Court Championship.

40 Harold Road, Upper Norwood

Map to Show the Location of Harold Road Tennis Club attended by Dora Boothby

At the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships the final score of her 1909 winning match against Agnes Morton was 6-4, 4-6, 8-6.

The winner of the ladies’ singles was Dora Boothby of South Norwood.

Lawn Tennis Championship
Won by A Norwood Lady.

After a very close struggle on Friday of
last week, the ladies’ championship of
England, which Mrs. Sterry relinquished
after winning it last year for the fifth time,
was captured by Miss Boothby. Her
opponent was Miss Morton, runner up in
1908 to Mrs Sterry, who had beaten Miss
Boothby in the previous round.
The championship carries with it
several valuable gifts.

Miss D. Boothby resides at ‘Holmwood,’ 260, South
Norwood Hill.

Norwood News Saturday 10th July 1909.

She was again to make it through to the finals for the following two years. Unfortunately, she lost on both occasions to Dorothea Douglas Lambert Chambers, a formidably powerful and well-trained opponent.

Dora Boothby married Arthur C. Green in the early summer of 1914 at St Georges, Hanover Square. She died on 22nd February 1970 at Hampstead.[1]



[1] Article 187 from ‘Selected Articles’ The Norwood Society