Henry Tindall

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The Reverend Henry Charles Lenox Tindall (4 February 1863 – 10 June 1940) was a British head master, priest and world-record-holding track athlete; he was also an English first-class cricketer active 1893–95 who played for Kent. He was born in Margate and died in Peasmarsh. [1]

Tindall was born in Margate, Kent, on 4 February 1863 and was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge; while at university he ran and swam, and in 1884–1885 he was Cambridge quarter-mile champion. [2] In 1886, he was president of the University Athletic Club, in the same year he won both the 100 yards and quarter-mile race against Oxford University. [2] In 1888 he won the quarter-mile Amateur Athletic Association championship. [2]

In 1889 he won a quarter of a mile race in 48.5 seconds, a world record that also stood as a British amateur record until 1911. [2] After university he played Rugby for Rosalyn Park and in cricket appeared for Kent from 1893 to 1895. [2] In 1894 he appeared at a match in Hastings for the South of England against The Australians. Tindall was also a member of the Rye Golf Club from 1894 until is death. [2]

He left Cambridge with a second-class degree in the mathematics tripos and he had also been a Tancred Divinity Scholar. [2] He became a mathematical master at Hurst Court School in Hastings, becoming the headmaster in 1905. [2] In 1934 he left the school to become rector of Iden. [2]

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  1. Henry Tindall, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2020-06-05. (subscription required)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Famous Athelete[ sic?] - The Rev H.C.L. Tindall". Hastings and St Leonards Observer. 15 June 1940. p. 7.