Posts Tagged ‘Lord’s Cricket Ground’

After the Pavilion we visited one of the new stands and the Cricket school. Unfortunately due to an event taking palce we were unable to visit the Media centre.

The famous 'Old father Time' Weather vane

The famous ‘Old father Time’ Weather vane

Media Centre

Media Centre

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MCC Crest

MCC Crest

Bicentenary Gates

Bicentenary Gates

Hover cover

Hover cover

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Our guide, a journalist was very entertaining and had lots of stories to tell about the people and places that we visited. well worth a visit, but suggest book an early tour or arrive well before your time to give you ample time to look around the museum as it is not included in the tour.

Lords Panorama
photo by David Pinkney (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_pinkney/)

The next stop on our tour was the Pavilion. For some reason we were not allowed to take pictures here which rather puzzled me.

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The Lord's bell, which is run to signal play.

The Lord’s bell, which is run to signal play.

The one place we were allowed to take photos was in the dressing room and we visited both the home and the away rooms. I was surprised how sparsely furnished they were.

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The honours board in the Home dressing room

The honours board in the Home dressing room

The guide explained to us that many players have their favourite seats. Most surprising was that even some overseas players have seats in the visitors dressing room where they always sit.

It was great to sit on the players balcony just like the England players would during a test match.

The view from the England balcony

The view from the England balcony

WG Grace [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

WG Grace
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

William Gilbert Grace was born in 1848 near Bristol and attended medical school there and later in London, finally qualifying in 1878. This had taken much longer than normal as he had to fit in his medical training around his already blossoming cricket career.

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In all he played first class cricket for 44 years, playing 878 first class matches (both records). He played in only 22 test matches scoring 2 centuries and taking 9 wickets, which suprised me as I had imagined that all of these numbers would have been higher. In first class cricket he scored 126 centuries and took 2864 wickets. He excelled at all parts of the game but it is for his batting that he is remembered.

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In addition he was a champion 440 yd hurdler; played football for the Wanderers, a club which won the FA Cup 3 times in the 1870’s and also played golf,bowls and curling.

One interesting thing I discovered was that when he retired from first class cricket he came to live about 1 mile from my current house and continued to paly for the local cricket team well into his 60’s.

The statue of WG Grace at Lord’s is in a quiet graden area near the Museum.

Lord's
Photo by askbal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/askbal/)

The main gate is also in his memory
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Grace Gate
phot by West End (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thewestend/)

Museum window depicting Lord's ground

Museum window depicting Lord’s ground

The tour only takes in one item in the museum and that is one of the most famous sport’s trophies in the world – The Ashes. This is a trophy played for at test cricket between England and Australia.

The Ashes Urn

The Ashes Urn

It is only about 6 inches and is now very fragile

It dates back to 1882 when Australia won its first test victory in England. The Sporting Times horrified at the occurrence published a mock obituary:

In Affectionate Remembrance
of
ENGLISH CRICKET,
which died at the Oval
on
29 August 1882,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing
friends and acquaintances
R.I.P.
N.B.—The body will be cremated and the
ashes taken to Australia.

Ivo Bligh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ivo Bligh
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When England toured Australia the following winter, Ivo Bligh, the England captain declared that he had come to reclaim the Ashes and England duly won the series by two matches to one. Some ladies including Bligh’s future wife, Florence Morphy, presented him with a small urn as a trophy. There has been some debate about the contents but it has been established in more recent times that it is the ashes of a cricket bail (the small wooden rod which connects the top of the stumps).

The term ‘the Ashes’ for the test series between England and Australia took sometime to become generally used and it was not really until the England tour of 1903 that it became widely used. The Urn was never presented as the trophy (a popular misconception) and remained in Bligh’s keeping until he died in 1927 when it was presented to the MCC and later displayed in the Lord’s museum. In the 1990’s it was suggested that the urn should be awarded to the winning team who would keep it till the next series but amidst concerns for its fragile state and opposition from Ivo Bligh’s family it was finally agreed that a replica should be used and the original should remain in it’s case in the museum.

The urn has only travelled twice, both times to Australia. Once in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations and again in 2006/7.

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A few weeks back, Keith and I went to Lord’s cricket ground in north London. Lord’s was for a long-time regarded as the home of cricket as it was the home of the MCC which governed the sport of cricket throughout the world. Although this function has now passed to the International Cricket Council, the ground remains the spiritual home of the game and it is the cherished ambition for many cricketers from around the world to be able to play here.

Arriving at the Grace Gate we make our way to the Lord’s museum past the famous Lord’s tavern.

Lords Tavern, St John's Wood, NW8
Lord’s tavern
photo by Ewan Munroe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/)

Lord's Cricket Ground
Grace Gate
phot by West End (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thewestend/)

Museum window depicting Lord's ground

Museum window depicting Lord’s ground

The museum contains lots of artifacts from around the world and there is just time for us to have a look around before our tour of the ground begins.

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An Australian cap ‘ the baggy green’ from the tour of 1948 to England.

There are also many commemorative items connected with Cricket like mugs and jugs

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