George Beldam

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George Beldam
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Personal information
Full name George William Beldam
Born (1868-05-01)1 May 1868
New Cross, Kent, England
Died 23 November 1937(1937-11-23) (aged 69)
Lower Bourne, Farnham, Surrey, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm slow-medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1900 to 1903 London County
1900 to 1907 Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 142
Runs scored 6575
Batting average 30.02
100s/50s 9/33
Top score 155 not out
Balls bowled 7154
Wickets 107
Bowling average 30.63
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 5/28
Catches/stumpings 83/0
Source: Cricinfo, 6 November 2016

George William Beldam (born New Cross, Kent, 1 May 1868 – died Lower Bourne, Farnham, Surrey, 23 November 1937) was an English cricketer and a pioneer of action photography in sport.[1]

George Beldam was the eldest child of a family that was descended from seventeenth-century Huguenot refugees.[2] He studied engineering at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before joining the family engineering company. He captained Peterhouse at cricket, football and tennis, and later played for Brentford F.C.[3]

He was a steady right-handed batsman and a right-arm bowler who represented Middlesex, MCC and London County in first-class cricket between 1900 and 1907. He scored 6,575 runs (average 30.02) with a personal best of 155* against Surrey at Lord's in 1902 and took 83 catches and 107 wickets (average 30.63) with a personal best of 5/28 versus Lancashire at Liverpool in 1902.

He became a noted artist and photographer. He was the first action photographer of sport in Britain, specialising in cricket and golf.[4] He collaborated with C.B. Fry on two instructional books, Beldam providing the illustrations and some of the text:

  • Great Batsmen: Their Methods at a Glance (1905)
  • Great Bowlers and Fielders: Their Methods at a Glance (1907)

His brother, Cyril Beldam, and a cousin, Ernest Beldam, also played first-class cricket.

A biography of him was written by a descendant:

  • George Alastair Beldam, Third Man in: Lost World of a Camera Artist - G.W.Beldam and the Art of Edwardian Cricket, The George Beldam Collection, 1995, ISBN 978-0-9516676-0-6

Beldam married three times. He left his first wife, Gertrude, and married the much younger Margaret in 1921, then in turn left Margaret and married the even younger Christina in 1930. All three marriages produced children. He and Christina lived on 24 acres near Farnham in Surrey. He died of a heart attack in 1937.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Search the Collection: George William Beldam (1868-1937), National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. ^ Gideon Haigh, Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot that Changed Cricket, Hamish Hamilton, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 88-89.
  3. ^ Haigh, p. 89.
  4. ^ E.W. Swanton, Barclay's World of Cricket - 2nd Edition, 1980, Collins Publishers, ISBN 0-00-216349-7, p140.
  5. ^ Haigh, p. 217.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Gideon Haigh, Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot that Changed Cricket, Hamish Hamilton, Melbourne, 2016