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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On what would have been his birthday we add a tribute to Our Harry.

Harry Duval

4th May


Peter Gotz did it all.  He did the Music Halls, came north and did open air wrestling in Wigan, did fairgrounds, and did the rings of new age wrestling when he was as old as 57. 

Today is the anniversary of his birth in 1877.

2nd May


Happy birthday today to Roy St Clair. 

For those who came to enjoy wrestling in the 1960s Roy was everything that was good about the business. Having turned pro in 1960 he had a few years under his belt when many Heritage members found their interest, and he gave enjoyment until many of those same fans drifted away in the late 1970s. 

Read our tribute to Roy St Clair

Roy St Clair

2nd May


The Wrestling Heritage Number 1 Wrestler of the 1930s was born on 2nd May, 1891.

Read our tributes

Douglas Clark, John Bull In Trunks

Ambassador of Wrestling Douglas Clark

2nd May


This week's newsletter includes:

  • Anniversaries
  • A Night At the Alhambra
  • Chick Knight News
  • Time Machine - 1990
  • Kent Walton's Top 50
  • Billy Two Rivers
  • Mick McManus

The Newsletter

1st May



Birthday greetings to one of the greatest, Dazzler Joe Cornelius, celebrating his birthday today.

Black tights and gold cape were the trademark of one of the most popular 1960s wrestlers.

Happy birthday Dazzler.

Joe Cornelius

28th April, 2021


Michael Stocks was The Doc, one of the fixtures to opposition bills in the 1970s. Celebrate him here on Heritage.

The Doc

London's Loveable Villain

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


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.
Membership is free, easy and gives access to more than 500 pages. The tribute section  reveals more about the stars of yesteryear.
Heritage explores the men who made it all happen, the promoters.
Remembering  the  key  events  in  British wrestling  history.
A journey through the wrestling venues of Britain.
Wrestling and tv, radio, books and magazines
Keeping the memories alive.
Hundreds of memories, thousands of images.
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.

25th April

The Wrestling Heritage A-Z continues to grow.

Len Ring ..... Chick Rolfe (March) ..... John Romeiro ....Paul Rose ..... 

Paul Rudean ..... Sheik Cas El Suri ..... Olaf Svenson ..... Al Walsh (UK) ... Al Walsh (USA) ..... Bert Split Waterman ..... Digger Watson

24th April

On the anniversary of his birth in 1916 Wrestling Heritage remembers Lou Thesz visiting Britain.

Lou Thesz

19th April


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

17th April


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

The Iron Man of the Lakes

13th April

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

John DaSilva

11th April


One of the baddies we just loved.

Read our tribute to Bolton's India Rubber Russian.

Ivan Penzekoff

9th April


The death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Royalty at the Royal

9th April


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

The Frenchish Connection

7th April

Happy Birthday Boys

Bob Kirkwood

Jimmy Devlin

4th April


Read Martin Campbell's latest tribute.  

The Continuing Story of Gentleman Jim Lewis

1st April


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

Read our tribute to Al Tarzo

Al Tarzo

28th March


A tribute to two Yorkshire Farmers, Champions in their Field

Read our tribute to George Broadfield and Harry Fields

24th March


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


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

Shining Stars - the most famous names in wrestling

More Recent Losses

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

19th January

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

Read our tribute to Mike Donlevy

14th December

7th December
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

21st March

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

15th March


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

Read our tribute to Sandy Orford

15th March


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


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

You'd be surprised.

Read our tribute to Stefan Milla.

Stefan Milla

It's All About the Memories

21st February


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

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

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

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

My Olympic Experience Part 2


17th January


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


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

Golden Days for Fenland Round 5

3rd January


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
Get ready for round 3.
Big Bill is Out on the Road


21st March


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

Farmer Johnny Allan

20th March


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


On this day in 1903 the birth of Mario Magisti.

Read our tribute to this colourful character in wrestling history.

Mario Magisti

13th March


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

Read our tribute to Dwight J Ingleburgh

The Galleries - Where a picture is worth a thousand words

2nd January

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

Hackney Empire

29th December

New albums in the Gallery from Ron Historyo

Garfield's Tours

Rhyl 1950

27th December

New albums in the Gallery from The Ost

Sutton in Ashfield

Kirby In Ashfield

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

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25th April


This week's newsletter includes:

  • Anniversaries
  • Sheik Michael Taylor
  • Kent Walton's Top 50
  • Sam Moores
  • Reunion News

18th April


This week's newsletter includes:

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

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