A dive into the archives: The 'Swedish Drill'
THIS MONTH'S IMAGE IS FROM THE THRONE AND COUNTRY MAGAZINE FROM FEBRUARY 1910
This image is taken from The Throne and Country magazine from February 1910. It shows five Highgate pupils doing the then popular ‘Swedish Drill’, a system of Swedish gymnastics invented at the turn of the 19th century by Pehr Henrik Ling, a fencing instructor in southern Sweden. His goal was to promote exercise as a means of restoring public health.
The pupils are in the old junior gym, now Caenwood Hall. A swimming pool was built there in 1885, but was boarded over in the winter in the 1890s to become a gym. Sergeant Townley of the Grenadier Guards and Sergeant Price of the Coldstream Guards were instructors. 1896 saw our first entry in the Public School’s gym competition.