|Full name||George William Beldam|
1 May 1868|
New Cross, Kent, England
|Died||23 November 1937
Lower Bourne, Farnham, Surrey, England
|Bowling style||Right-arm slow-medium|
|Domestic team information|
|1900 to 1903||London County|
|1900 to 1907||Middlesex|
Source: Cricinfo, 6 November 2016
George Beldam was the eldest child of a family that was descended from seventeenth-century Huguenot refugees. 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.
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. 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)
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.
- Search the Collection: George William Beldam (1868-1937), National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- Gideon Haigh, Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot that Changed Cricket, Hamish Hamilton, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 88-89.
- Haigh, p. 89.
- E.W. Swanton, Barclay's World of Cricket - 2nd Edition, 1980, Collins Publishers, ISBN 0-00-216349-7, p140.
- Haigh, p. 217.
- Gideon Haigh, Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot that Changed Cricket, Hamish Hamilton, Melbourne, 2016