Barrack Field

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Barrack Field cricket ground
London-Woolwich, Barrack Field, Royal Artillery Barracks 01.jpg
Barrack Field today. In the background the Royal Artillery Barracks
LocationWoolwich, southeast London
Home clubWoolwich Cricket Club
Royal Artillery Cricket Club
County clubKent
Establishmentby 1754
Last used1806 (for first-class cricket)

Barrack Field is located on the grounds of the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London (formerly part of Kent). It was once part of Woolwich Common, then used as a venue for cricket matches in the 18th century and as the home of Woolwich Cricket Club at that time. Later it became the home of the Royal Artillery Cricket Club. It is now used as a generic sports field, mainly for football.

History[edit]

Woolwich Cricket Club came briefly to prominence in August 1754 when the team played home and away games against Dartford, at this time was probably the strongest team in England.[1]

The club revived in the last ten years of the 18th century when, following the establishment of Marylebone Cricket Club in 1787, club cricket was very fashionable in London and matches between the town clubs were very popular. Barrack Field was frequently used for matches in this period.

Cricket venue[edit]

At least 800 matches took place on the ground, mostly services fixtures.[2]

It is possible that Woolwich Cricket Club was merged into the Royal Artillery Cricket Club (RACC) or alternatively that it disbanded after the RACC took full possession of Barrack Field. According to its own website,[3] RACC first played cricket in 1765, having been started as a private club by Royal Artillery officers. It was formally constituted as a regimental club as late as 1906. On 15 June 1818, RACC played MCC at Barrack Field in a match that was tied.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buckley G (1937) Fresh Light on Pre-Victorian Cricket, p.2. Cotterell.
  2. ^ CricketArchive – matches played at Barrack Field. Retrieved on 18 January 2011.
  3. ^ Royal Artillery Cricket Club site. Retrieved on 18 January 2011.
  4. ^ CricketArchive – match scorecard. Retrieved on 18 January 2011.

Coordinates: 51°28′58″N 0°3′35″E / 51.48278°N 0.05972°E / 51.48278; 0.05972