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The listed playground walls, otherwise known as the handball walls, by the South Front are an integral part of Stonyhurst’s history and were restored for future generations to enjoy from a generous gift received from the Stonyhurst Association in 2011.

The College stonemasonry team used special lime mortar to restore the walls which were originally constructed around 1810 when the old South Front was built.

They were later moved to be parallel with the garden walls but this move was unpopular as the balls kept going into the garden. In the late 1880s, when the present South Front was built, the walls were again moved to where they stand today.