Charles de Trafford

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Charles de Trafford
Charles de Trafford c1895.jpg
Personal information
Full name Charles Edmund de Trafford
Born (1864-05-21)21 May 1864
Trafford Park, Stretford, England
Died 11 November 1951(1951-11-11) (aged 87)
Sibbertoft, Leicestershire, England
Batting Right-handed
Role Batsman, captain
Relations Sir Humphrey de Trafford (father)
Sir Tim O'Brien (brother-in-law)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1884 Lancashire County Cricket Club
1885–1911/12 Marylebone Cricket Club
1894–1920 Leicestershire County Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 292
Runs scored 9581
Batting average 18.67
100s/50s 6/36
Top score 137
Balls bowled 70
Wickets 2
Bowling average 47.50
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/47
Catches/stumpings 98/0
Source: Cricinfo, 10 November 2009

Charles Edmund de Trafford (21 May 1864 – 11 November 1951) was an English aristocrat and a first-class cricketer.

Early life[edit]

Charles was born at Trafford Hall, Trafford Park, Stretford, the second son of Sir Humphrey de Trafford, 2nd Baronet and his wife Lady Annette Talbot. His father owned Old Trafford Cricket Ground.[1] Charles was educated at Beaumont College.


Charles de Trafford

In 1884 aged 20, Charles joined the Lancashire County Cricket Club. He soon made his name as a skilled cricketer and in 1885 joined Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). In 1894 he moved to Leicestershire County Cricket Club as captain, a position in which he remained for 13 seasons. He is largely credited with making Leicestershire into a first-class club.[2][3]

A man of great physical strength, he was an opening batsman and a big hitter who liked to attack from the first ball. He never wore batting gloves. For Leicestershire against the Australians in 1905, he made all the first 56 runs of the innings himself, and was out for 63 after a first-wicket partnership of 69, when his partner was 2 not out.[4][5]

He captained MCC on the tour of New Zealand in 1906-07 after the original captain, Teddy Wynyard, returned home injured after the second match.[6]

He made his highest first-class score in 1913 for Leicestershire against Derbyshire when he was 49 years old. After Leicestershire had been 11 for four on the first morning, he hit 137 in 120 minutes, and Leicestershire made 351 off 71 overs and went on to win by an innings on the second day.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1881, Charles's father, Sir Humphrey de Trafford purchased the Hothorpe Hall Estate in Northamptonshire (though near Theddingworth, Leicestershire), from the Cook family and presented it to Charles. During his time at Hothorpe, Charles extended the Georgian Manor House and in 1892 built a Catholic Chapel there in memory of his brother Gilbert who had died in 1890.[8]

On 15 October 1892, Charles married Lady Agnes Feilding, the daughter of Rudolph Feilding, 8th Earl of Denbigh. Their son Edmund Hubert de Trafford served with distinction in World War I, married the Hon. Cecilia Strickland and later emigrated to Malta. Edmund and Cecilia's daughter Elizabeth returned to England and married Admiral Arthur Francis Turner.

In 1893, Charles served as High Sheriff of Leicestershire[9] and also as a Justice of the Peace. Charles and Lady Agnes resided at Hothorpe until 1928, when they moved to Rothley, where Charles died on 11 November 1951 aged 87.


  1. ^ Wisden 1952, p. 964.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Charles de Trafford entry at". Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "When C. E. de Trafford wrestled with Hackenschmidt", The Cricketer, 6 September 1952, p. 419.
  5. ^ "Leicestershire v Australians 1905". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Don Neely & Richard Payne, Men in White: The History of New Zealand International Cricket, 1894–1985, Moa, Auckland, 1986, p. 48.
  7. ^ Derbyshire v Leicestershire 1913. Retrieved on 2018-05-31.
  8. ^ Theddingworth | British History Online. Retrieved on 2018-05-31.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William Henry Ellis
High Sheriff of Leicestershire
Succeeded by
Edmund Turnor