Dandelion Paddock

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Dandelion Paddock cricket ground
Location Margate, Kent
Coordinates 51°22′41″N 1°21′00″E / 51.378°N 1.350°E / 51.378; 1.350Coordinates: 51°22′41″N 1°21′00″E / 51.378°N 1.350°E / 51.378; 1.350 (approx.)
Home club Sir Horatio Mann's XI
County club Kent (pre-county club)
Establishment 1789
Last used 1806

Dandelion Paddock was a first-class cricket ground in Dent de Lion west of Margate, Kent. Sir Horatio Mann organised a number of matches there in the 1790s.


The paddock was sited in the grounds of Dent de Lion, also known as Dandelion, in Garlinge, now a suburb located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south-west of Margate.[1] The estate was established around a former manor house in the 12th or 13th century by the family of Dent de Lyon. It was owned by Charles James Fox for many years until his death in 1806. The only remaining evidence of the estate is a 15th-century gatehouse.[2]


The grounds had been converted into a resort and tea garden by the time cricket matches were held there and had become very popular with residents of Margate and nearby Ramsgate.[1]

The earliest known match at Dandelion Paddock was in September 1789 when Mann's East Kent XI played a team from the Isle of Thanet. In September 1795, it became a first-class venue when Mann staged three successive matches featuring his own XI. Two further games took place in 1796.[3][4]

The ground is last known to have been used on 15 September 1806 when Lord Frederick Beauclerk's XI defeated Edward Bligh's XI by 53 runs.[3] Kent also used the New Cricket Ground in Cliftonville to the east of Margate for one first-class match in 1864.[5]


  1. ^ a b The Casket, No. 25, 28 July 1827 – see Google Books
  2. ^ The Gatehouse
  3. ^ a b Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862
  4. ^ Dandelion Paddock, Margate, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  5. ^ Grounds Records in Kent County Cricket Club Annual 2017, pp.210–211. Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club.