Chislehurst Common

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Chislehurst Common is an open space in Chislehurst in the London Borough of Bromley in south-east London. It is jointly managed with St Paul's Cray Common.

The common was used for cricket matches in the 18th century. It was the home venue of Chislehurst Cricket Club which played several known matches against London Cricket Club from 1738 to 1741. Cricket is still played on Chislehurst Common as the Chislehurst and West Kent Cricket Club has its ground in the south-west corner of the common on Cricket Ground Road.[1]

Cricket venue[edit]

Chislehurst Common cricket ground
Locationnear Chislehurst
Home clubChislehurst Cricket Club
Establishmentby 1738
Last usedprobably 1752
Chislehurst Common

The earliest known use of Chislehurst Common for top-class cricket was in July 1738 when Chislehurst played London in a game that "turned several times" until finally being won by London.[2] The venue was subsequently used in June 1740 for another Chislehurst v. London match, again won by London.[3] It was the intended venue for a a Kent side to play London match on 26 June 1741 that was rained off.[2]

The Chislehurst club declined after 1741 and the Common is only mentioned once more in the sources. That was on 17 June 1752 when a Kent side played a Surrey team.[4]


  1. ^ CWKCC website Archived 2010-03-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 28 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b H T Waghorn, Cricket Scores, Notes, etc. (1730-1773), p.20.
  3. ^ Waghorn, Op. cit., p.23.
  4. ^ G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, p.28.

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Coordinates: 51°24′32″N 0°03′58″E / 51.409°N 0.066°E / 51.409; 0.066