WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

British wrestling history has a name - Heritage


Wrestling Heritage celebrates the glorious days of 

British professional wrestling 

between the years 1930 and 1988.

Wrestling Heritage - Preserving Britain's social history

Looking for a wrestler?

Use the comprehensive A-Z Index or the search box.

 

19th April

WRESTLERS

On the anniversary of his birth in 1927 we add a tribute to Bradford's Bernard Murray


Read Bernard Murray

18th April


A new series from Martin Campbell. 

Martin  takes us back to 1968 featuring a 19 year-old Steve Clements and some interesting thoughts about wages. Read the Martin Campbell files in the Media section
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18th April

NEWSLETTER


This week's newsletter includes:

  • Anniversaries
  • Kent Walton's Top 50
  • Lancashire Styles
  • Bernard Murray
  • Keith Williamson
  • Chick Knight


The Newsletter

17th April

ANNIVERSARY

Celebrate heavyweight champion Gerry Hoggarth on the anniversary of his birth in 1922.


The Iron Man of the Lakes

13th April
NEWS


Wrestling Heritage remembers the great New Zealand heavyweight John DaSilva, who died on 8th April



John DaSilva

11th April

WRESTLERS


One of the baddies we just loved. 


Read our tribute to Bolton's India Rubber Russian


Ivan Penzekoff

9th April

ANNIVERSARY


On the anniversary of his birth read our tribute to Henri Pierlot/Les Thornton.


The Frenchish Connection

9th April

NEWS

The death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


Royalty at the Royal

London's Loveable Villain

The True Story of Chick "Cocky" Knight's Colourful Life 


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Wrestling Heritage is a non commercial hobby site produced by two fans of the 1960s and many enthusiastic members. Our aim is simply to celebrate all those involved in British professional wrestling between 1930 and 1988.
Wrestlers A-Z
More than 500 pages of tributes that can be viewed by anyone.
Tributes
Membership is free, easy and gives access to more than 500 pages. The tribute section  reveals more about the stars of yesteryear.
Promoters
Heritage explores the men who made it all happen, the promoters.
Timeline
Remembering  the  key  events  in  British wrestling  history.
Timeline
Places
A journey through the wrestling venues of Britain.
Media
Wrestling and tv, radio, books and magazines
Memories
Keeping the memories alive.
Gallery
Hundreds of memories, thousands of images.
Reunions
News of the Wrestlers Reunions where you can meet the stars
Talk Wrestling Forum
A link to the forum where memories are shared. This is a separate site requiring it's own membership.
If you are researching a wrestling ancestor Ron Historyo is waiting to help you.


7th April
ANNIVERSARY

Happy Birthday Boys


Bob Kirkwood

Jimmy Devlin

4th April

WRESTLERS

Read Martin Campbell's latest tribute.  


The Continuing Story of Gentleman Jim Lewis

1st April

WRESTLERS

A gentleman outside of the ring, but not so gentlemanly inside.

Read our tribute to Al Tarzo

Al Tarzo

28th March

WRESTLERS

A tribute to two Yorkshire Farmers, Champions in their Field

Read our tribute to George Broadfield and Harry Fields

24th March

WRESTLERS

Following the box office success of the horror film, The Exorcist, wrestling cashed in with an Exorcist all of their own.  Well, two actually. Or three. Probably more.

Read our tribute to The Exorcist

23rd March

ANNIVERSARY

On this day in 1888 the birth of a wrestling pioneer and one of the architects of the 1930s wrestling style.

Read our tribute to Henry Irslinger

21st March
WRESTLERS

Martin Campbell celebrates Giant Haystacks on the 25th anniversary of his last fight. The incredible story of The Last Ring Days of a Legend

Giant Haystacks

21st March

ANNIVERSARY

Today would have been the 90th birthday of John Allan. Read our tribute to The Son of the Soil


Farmer Johnny Allan


20th March

ANNIVERSARY

A controversial character Orig Williams did things his way. On the anniversary of his birth in  1931 read our tribute to The Defender of the Dragon

Orig Williams

19th March

ANNIVERSARY

On this day in 1903 the birth of Mario Magisti.


Read our tribute to this colourful character in wrestling history.

Mario Magisti

15th March

WRESTLERS

A new tribute as Wrestling Heritage celebrates the Welsh rugby international and heavyweight wrestler Sandy Orford.

Read our tribute to Sandy Orford

15th March

WRESTLERS

The RAF Colossus Bomber Bates, who was also the man behind the mask of one of our greatest masked wrestlers.

Read our tribute to Bomber Bates

14th March

WRESTLERS

Costas Astreos was one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1930s and owner of a business empire in the north of England.

Read our tribute to Costas Astreos

14th March

WRESTLERS

Stefan Milla - The man always associated with Copenhagen and Westminster. 

You'd be surprised.

Read our tribute to Stefan Milla.

Stefan Milla

13th March

ANNIVERSARY

Happy birthday to Sam Betts, better known as Dwight J Ingleburgh


Read our tribute to Dwight J Ingleburgh

13th March

ANNIVERSARY

On this day in 1934 the birth of Shipley heavyweight Geoff Portz


Read our tribute to Geoff Portz

Shining Stars - the most famous names in wrestling

More Recent Losses

14th February
NEWS

We are saddened to report the sudden death of erstwhile Reunion organiser, wrestler and promoter. Frank Rimer  died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Friday morning.

Read our tribute to Frank Rimer

19th January
WRESTLERS

We are saddened to report the death of Mike Donlevy on Sunday.


Read our tribute to Mike Donlevy

14th December
WRESTLERS


7th December
WRESTLERS
Sad news received from former promoter Ron Farrar of the death of  Milan Prica.
Read our tribute to the Leeds based Yugoslavia,

More Recent Tributes

8th March
WRESTLERS

It's one year since the death of Wayne Bridges. Read our tribute and Wayne's final interview, with Martin Campbell.

Wayne Bridges

7th March
WRESTLERS

Wrestling Heritage adds a long overdue tribute to a man who has given so much  to British wrestling for the best part of sixty years. And he's the gift that is still giving.

Read our tribute to Eddie Rose

7th March

WRESTLERS

Few could be called unique. But there was no one quite like Quasimodo, one of the most colourful of characters in British rings during the 1960s.

Read our tribute to Quasimodo.

7th March

WRESTLERS

The Mexican beaten by George Kidd. But who was this invisible man of wrestling.

Has Heritage discovered the answer?

Rudi Quarez

It's All About the Memories

21st February

TIMELINE SPECIALS

It's Round three. Grab your ringside seat for the greatest wrestling feud of all time.The full story is here, only on Heritage.

The story of wrestling's greatest feud

McManus v Pallo

31st January
MEMORIES

Wrestling wasn't just about the big names seen on the television. Far from it.  Eddie Rose celebrates wrestlers from the opposition.

Read Th'Opposition


24th January
MEMORIES

Memorable Moments.

Graeme Cameron has many memorable moments from the 2000 Olympics. In the third and final part he shares two of the most special ones.

My Olympic Experience Part 3

17th January

MEMORIES
Graeme Cameron remembers a few of those he encountered at the Olympic Games.

My Olympic Experience Part 2

Places

17th January

PLACES

It's time for the sixth and final round from Martin Campbell. Golden memories from The Golden Days for Fenland

Read the Golden Days For Fenland


10th January

PLACES

More entertaining tales from Martin Campbell as Joint Promotions muscle in to independent country

Golden Days for Fenland Round 5

3rd January

PLACES

More Golden Days where charity began at home, with a look at Anglia Promotions and their stars.

The Golden Days for Fenland Part 4

20th December
PLACES
Get ready for round 3.
Big Bill is Out on the Road


Anniversaries

28th February
ANNIVERSARY

Remember a real life hero on the anniversary of his death

Arthur Jackson

24th February

ANNIVERSARY

Wrestling Heritage remembers the day that professional wrestling came to Newcastle

New St James Hall


The Galleries - Where a picture is worth a thousand words

2nd January
GALLERIES

Join The Ost down at the Hackney Empire in his latest Galleries album

Hackney Empire

29th December
GALLERIES

New albums in the Gallery from Ron Historyo

Garfield's Tours

Rhyl 1950

27th December
GALLERIES

New albums in the Gallery from The Ost

Sutton in Ashfield

Kirby In Ashfield

17th December
GALLERIES
Ron Historyo continues to catalogue wrestling in Leicester in the 1950s and 1960s.

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11th April

NEWSLETTER

This week's newsletter includes:

  • Anniversaries
  • Belle Vue Memories
  • Alan Butts
  • Royal Heritage
  • Kent Walton's Top 50





4th April

NEWSLETTER

This week's newsletter includes

  • Anniversaries
  • Jack Pye
  • Bob Kirkwood
  • Kent Walton's Top 50
  • Time Machine - 1990
  • Ted Hannon
  • Pick of the Pops



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