Norman Bingley

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrederick Sparkes Norman•Bingley
Used nameNorman•Bingley
Born17 September 1863 in Hanover Square, England (GBR)
Died16 January 1940 in Merrow, England (GBR)
AffiliationsRoyal Victoria YC, Ryde (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Norman Bingley was a member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club at Cowes and crewed aboard Charles Rivett-Carnac’s Heroine in the 7-metre class at the 1908 Olympic Games. The only other entrant withdrew and their yacht-from the club which hosted the Olympic Regatta-won the title on a sail-over.

Bingley was the son of a wealthy publican, who was the landlord of the Brunswick Hotel, Jermyn Street in the City of Westminster. It was at the Brunswick, probably during Alfred’s tenure, that Louis Napoleon lived at the hotel under an assumed name following his escape from captivity in France.

Bingley was educated at Brighton College and University College London before going to Magdalen College, Oxford in 1885. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1893. Having spent most of his life in London and Surrey, where he served on the Chessington Parish Council, he moved to Dorset before the outbreak of World War I but returned to Surrey some 20 years later and died there in 1940.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Sailing GBR Norman Bingley
7 metres, Open (Olympic) Heroine 1 Gold