| 21 February–7 May 1949|
Walter Donaldson (115)
| Leicester Square Hall|
| Billiards Association and Control Council|
The 1949 World Snooker Championship was a snooker tournament held at the Leicester Square Hall in London, England.
For the third year running the final was contested by Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson. Davis became the second player to defend his first world title after Joe Davis in 1928 by defeating Donaldson 80–65 in the final, although he had taken a winning lead of 73–58 on the previous day. The match was still in the balance with the score at 63–58 before Davis won 10 frames in a row to take the title. Donaldson made the highest break of the tournament with 115 on the last day of his semi-final match against John Pulman.
1949 World Snooker Championship Wikipedia
John Barrie withdrew for business reasons, giving Herbert Holt a bye into the final of the qualifying event. Conrad Stanbury beat Herbert Francis 18–17 in his first round match played from 10 to 12 February 1949 and then beat Barrie by the same score in a match played from 14 to 16 February. Stanbury then played Holt in the final of the qualifying from 17 to 19 February and recorded his third 18–17 victory, winning the exciting final frame. All three matches were at Leicester Square Hall.