Fanum House and Snooker


Fanum House and Snooker

Thurstons Hall - the first World Snooker Championship in 1926.

Location: 4546 Leicester Square, West End

Description: Grand old Fanum House, is the one stable side of Leicester Square - virtually unchanged in 70 years. The building which occupies the entire West side of Leicester Square was purpose built in 1923 for the Automobile Association (the AA).

Designed by architect Andrew Mather, who also designed the Odeon across the square as well as many other cinemas.

Thurston's Hall was a major billiards and snooker venue between 1901 and 1955 was demolished in 1955 for an expansion to Fanum House. The Hall saw many important billiards and snooker matches take place here including 12 World Snooker Championship finals between 1930 and 1953. It was also the venue of the first World Snooker Championship match in November 1926.

The last competitive match at the hall was played from 13 to 15 January 1955 between Joe Davis and his brother, Fred.

In 2015, Fanum House underwent a massive renovation to improve much of the upper floors which were unsuitable for purpose.

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Fanum House and Snooker

Thurstons Hall - the first World Snooker Championship in 1926.

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