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Digital Subscriptions > Boxing News > 16-Apr > THE DEVONSHIRE CLUB


Remembering the famous old East London.ght hall

Alex Daley


Historian & author

HE Devonshire Club holds a special place in British ring history, although little has been written about it. The Devonshire was the brainchild of Joe Morris, a manager of such fistic stars as Teddy Baldock and Dick Corbett. Morris had the chance to buy the lease of an old church in Devonshire Street, Hackney, which he decided to convert into a dance hall and boxing arena. He recruited a syndicate of three others, including the then-largely unknown Ridley Road fishmonger Jack Solomons, who was of course destined to become Britain’s leading promoter.

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