Furnivall Sculling Club

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Furnivall Sculling Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location Hammersmith, London, England
Coordinates 51°29′23.7″N 0°13′54.2″W / 51.489917°N 0.231722°W / 51.489917; -0.231722 (Furnivall Sculling Club)Coordinates: 51°29′23.7″N 0°13′54.2″W / 51.489917°N 0.231722°W / 51.489917; -0.231722 (Furnivall Sculling Club)
Home water Tideway, River Thames
Founded 1896 (1896)
Membership 100
Affiliations British Rowing
Website www.furnivall.org
Notable members
Andy Holmes

Furnivall Sculling Club is a rowing club based on the Tideway in Hammersmith, London. It was founded as Hammersmith Sculling Club in 1896 by Dr Frederick James Furnivall, after whom riverside gardens in Hammersmith are named. For its initial five years in the reign of Queen Victoria, a club for women only, Furnivall opened its doors to men in 1901. The club colours are a precise pallette: myrtle and old gold.


The club was founded by and is named after Dr Frederick Furnivall (when he was 71, in April 1896). It was at the time called the Hammersmith Sculling Club for Girls. Given his passionate opposition to discrimination, he wanted to break into the man's world of river sport, by building a club for women.

In 1901, men were admitted to full membership, and the name was changed to Furnivall Sculling Club for Girls and Men. However, at least until after the 2nd World War the captaincy was restricted to female members in honour of the original purpose of Dr Furnivall in founding the Club. Following his death in 1910, the Club honoured his memory by celebrating 'The Doctor's Birthday' for many years.

An octuple of Furnivall Sculling Club

Furnivall currently has over 100 members, of whom some 80 are full, active members (in addition to some social and life members).

The club underwent a major refurbishment in 2009 that resulted in the construction of the club's ergometer training facility, the John Robbins Room. The club is one of three non-academic clubs[n 1] along the brief Hammersmith bend and in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham as a whole, excluding the very small, closed 'Nautilus Club' who are based at British Rowing Headquarters, Hammersmith and who use Great Britain-ressemblent blades. The three clubs have a close rivalry and enjoy subtly different emphases on age, gender and abilities within their squads.[1]

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  1. ^ The other such clubs are Sons of the Thames and Auriol Kensington Rowing Club.
  1. ^ Furnivall British Rowing

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