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

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27th July

Happy Birthday Joe D'Orazio

Wrestling Heritage sends birthday greetings to Joe D'Orazio as he celebrates his 99th birthday

Read our tribute to Joe D'Orazio

25th July

NEWSLETTER

A Celebration of our Father of Wrestling, Joe D'Orazio

The Newsletter

18th July

A NEW TRIBUTE - HERITAGE LATEST

We celebrate (Barnsley's) Pompey giant Big Bruno Elrington at the time of the anniversary of his death this week in 1993.

Bruno Elrington

11th July

HERITAGE LATEST

We have a double helping of fun for Doctor Death fans. Discover his unmasking (it's earlier than you think), how a seemingly unrelated Ricky Starr decision had huge implications for wrestling and the curious inscription on the cup awarded to Dr Death. 

The Five Dimensions of Dr Death

11th July

MEDIA

It gets even better for Dr Death fans as  Martin Campbell opens another file

Dr Death's Struggle to Hide His Identity


11th July

UPDATED TRIBUTE

We have updated our tribute to Atholl Oakeley

Read Shooter and Showman

7th July

NEWS

We are saddened to report the death of Sid Cooper. 

Read our tribute to Sid Cooper

Sid Cooper, R.I.P.

4th July

Heritage Latest

Masked men of mystery. Remove the masks and we are left with more mystery.

Masks, Mystery, More Questions Than Answers

Los Vaqueros

4th July

A NEW TRIBUTE

The fastest tag team in the land Jon and Peter Cortez captured hearts in the 1960s and beyond.

Read our latest tribute to two of the lightweight stars.

Jon and Peter Cortez

1st July

A NEW TRIBUTE

Following the death of Jackie Robinson earlier this week read a tribute to the popular Mancunian from his long time friend Eddie Rose.

Read our tribute to Jackie Robinson

21st June

A NEW TRIBUTE

The demonic German Karl Von Kramer looked every bit the part. Until he opened his mouth that is, because Karl Von Kramer wasn't all that he seemed.....

Read our tribute to Karl Von Kramer

20th June

A NEW TRIBUTE

Two of the most popular wrestlers to arrive on our shores. They came, they conquered, they stayed


Tibor and Peter Szakacs


20th June

MEDIA

Grunt Groan and Grow Rich: Behind the Scenes, Pallo, McManus, Czeslaw, Kwango, Kellett, Hayes.


The Martin Campbell Files


More Recent Additions

13th June

MEMORIES

Martin Campbell talks to Sam Betts, bettter known as Dwight J Ingleburgh.

Sam knew them all, and tells Martin about the 

Indie Warriors..




13th June
A NEW TRIBUTE

Britain's most popular tag team, and their famous dad. Heritage celebrates Vic Hessle, Bert Royal and Vic Faulkner

 

Read our tribute to Wrestling's Royal Family

6th June

A NEW TRIBUTE

A tribute to the Northumbrian Ox

Arni Bullough

6th June

A NEW TRIBUTE

A tribute to a local hero with three names

Ray Diamond

6th June

A NEW TRIBUTE

A tribute to one of Scotland's greatest

Jim Anderson

2nd June
NEWS

Sam's Riverside Restaurant in Crisp Road, Hammersmith  (Hammersmith Broadway Tube) is now serving The Haymaker, a Rum based cocktail dedicated to wrestler Chick Knight. 

Read our tribute to Chick Knight

30th May

A NEW TRIBUTE

A wrestler with film star good looks. 

Well, he was a film star, and a European Heavyweight Champion.

Tiger Joe Robinson

30th May

A NEW TRIBUTE

Wrestling Heritage pays tribute to one of wrestling's 1960s/70s stars.

Mighty John Cox

30th May

MEDIA

Martin Campbell returns from the filing cabinet with a warning ...


Hands Off the Tele Tough Guys

30th May

A NEW TRIBUTE

We were told we were cheering the South African champion. But he was one of our own.

Les Herbert

30th May

A NEW TRIBUTE

A first class hellraiser. 

Heritage remembers Ski Hi Lee

Ski Hi Lee

13th May

A NEW TRIBUTE

How do you take your monsters?  One Monster or two?

Read our tribute to The Monster. Or Monsters?

The Monster

London's Loveable Villain

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


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Anniversaries

31 July 2020
Death of Mark Rocco

30 July 1972
Death of Padvo Peltonin

29th July 

Happy Birthday Bernard Hughes

Read Bernard's Memories

29 July 1929
Birth of Alan Dennison
28 July 2007
Death of Karel Istaz

27 July 1964
Death of Robert McDonald

27 July 1922
Happy Birthday  Joe D'Orazio

26 July 1930
Liverpool Echo announced that Wigan boxers and Wrestlers had formed the Wrestlers and Boxers Comrades Association to pursue the revival of wrestling and boxing  in Wigan.
25 July 1917
Birth of Whipper Billy Watson

25 July 1941
Birth of Maurice La Rue

25 July 1928
Birth of Johnny Czeslaw

24 July 1933 

7000 watch Douglas Clark beat Laurent Gertsmanns in Huddersfield to win a  world heavyweight title.

Read A Year of Wrestling 1933

23 July 1920 

Birth of Max Ward

Read our tribute

23 July 1919 
Birth of George Thompson (Mustapha Nasser)

22 July 1947 

Birth of Bob Roop

In the A-Z

22 July 1932 

Foundation Stone for Liverpool Stadium laid by Lord Lonsdale

Read A Year of Wrestling 1932

21 July 1937 

Johanfesson challenges clergymen who were critical of wrestling.

Read A Year of Wrestling 1937

21 July 1934 

Birth of Ted Heath

Read our tribute

20 July 1971 

Vic Faulkner won a KO Tournament to take British welterweight title at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

Read A Year of Wrestling 1971

19 July 2007 
Death of Eugene Stezycki  
19 July 1993 
Death of Bruno Elrington

19 July 1934 

Birth of Johnny Eagles 

Read our tribute

18 July 

Happy Birthday Tony Elsden

In the A-Z

18 July 2020 

Death of Terry Camm 

Read our tribute

18 July 1909 

Birth of Mitchell Gill 

Read our tribute

18 July 1981 

Death of Mustapha Shikane 

In The A-Z

18 July 1951 
Happy Birthday Harry Bison 

17th July

On this day in 2004 the death of Pat Roach.

Read our tribute

17th July

On this day in 1912 the birth of Norman Morrell.

Read our tribute

16th July

In 1946 it took Bert Assirati more than an hour to knock out Francis Gregory in a British Heavyweight Championship match in Aberdeen.

15th July

On this day in 1935 the birth of Tony Charles

Read our tribute

15th July

On this day in 1910 the birth of Taffy Jones

Read our tribute

14th July 2013

On this day the death of Ramon Napolitano

Read our tribute to Ramon Napolitano

14th July

On this day in 1979 the death of Klondyke Bill

Read our tribute

RECENT LOSSES

1st July

The death of Jackie Robinson Read a tribute to the popular Mancunian from his long time friend Eddie Rose.

Read our tribute to Jackie Robinson

9th April

The death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


Royalty at the Royal

8th April

The death of popular 1960s visitor from the Land of the Long White Cloud

Read our tribute to John DaSilva

14th February
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

Shining Stars - the most famous names in wrestling

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.

Heritage Weekly Newsletter

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18th July

NEWSLETTER

This week:

  • Anniversaries
  • Terry Camm
  • Tony Elsden
  • Norman Morrell Part 2
  • Vic Faulkner Welterweight Triumph

11th July

NEWSLETTER

This week:

  • Anniversaries
  • Klondyke Bill 
  • Taffy Jones
  • Norman Morrell
  • Adam Ridings

4th July

NEWSLETTER

This week:

  • Anniversaries
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Jon and Peter Cortez
  • Harry Bennett
  • Eric Cutler
  • Time Machine - 1941

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