List of cricket grounds in England and Wales

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This is a list of cricket grounds in England and Wales, listed in alphabetical order and based on each traditional English and Welsh county. The venues in this list have all been used for senior cricket matches but not by the current first-class county or university clubs, whose grounds are listed in each club's own article as indicated below (e.g., The Oval is in List of Surrey County Cricket Club grounds). Senior cricket matches include first-class (pre-1895), first-class since 1895, single wicket, limited overs and Twenty20. Venues used only for junior or minor matches are excluded unless they have a special historic interest. Some of the venues are dated to the early 18th century and many are now defunct (marked by †).

International grounds[edit]

Domestic grounds in England[edit]

Bedfordshire[edit]

Berkshire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Old Field Bray Berkshire (1782–1794) [1]

Buckinghamshire[edit]

Cambridgeshire[edit]

Cheshire[edit]

Cornwall[edit]

Cumberland[edit]

Derbyshire[edit]

Devon[edit]

Dorset[edit]

Durham[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Portrack Lane Stockton-on-Tees Yorkshire and Durham (1858)
Yorkshire with Stockton-on-Tees (1861)
[2]

Essex[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Langton Park Hornchurch Hornchurch Cricket Club (1787–1793)
Essex (1792)
[3]
The Green Man Navestock RN Newman's XI (1793) tbc
Toby Howe Cricket Ground Billericay Essex Cricket Board (2000) [4]

Gloucestershire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Hatherley and Reddings Cricket Club Ground Cheltenham Gloucestershire Cricket Board (1999) [5]

Hampshire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Bramshill Park Bramshill Hampshire (1823–1826) tbc
Broadhalfpenny Down Hambledon Hambledon and Hampshire (1756–1781)
Hambledon XI (1908)
tbc
Cheden Holt Hambledon Hampshire (1776) tbc
Itchin Stoke Down Alresford Hampshire (1778–1806) tbc
Windmill Down Hambledon Hampshire (1782–1792) tbc

Herefordshire[edit]

Hertfordshire[edit]

Huntingdonshire[edit]

Isle of Wight[edit]

Kent[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Bishopsbourne Paddock Bishopsbourne Kent and Sir Horatio Mann's XI (1766–1790) tbc
Blackheath Greenwich Kent (1730–69) [6]
Bowman's Lodge Dartford Kent (1806) tbc
Chislehurst Common Chislehurst Chislehurst (1738–41)
Kent (1741–52)
[7][8]
Cobham Park Cobham Kent (1792) tbc
Coxheath Common (including Star Inn)† Coxheath Kent and Sir Horatio Mann's XI (1728–1789) tbc
Dandelion Paddock Margate Sir Horatio Mann's XI (1795)
All-England (1796)
tbc
Dartford Brent Dartford Dartford and Kent (1709–1795) tbc
Hawkhurst Moor Hawkhurst Kent (1825–1826) tbc
Napps Wrotham Kent (1815) tbc
Penenden Heath Maidstone Kent (1795) tbc
Penshurst Park Penshurst Kent (i.e., Edwin Stead's XI; 1724–29) tbc
Phillip's Field Bromley Kent (1840) tbc
Vine Cricket Ground
(Sevenoaks Vine)
Sevenoaks Kent (1773–1786 and 1827–1829) tbc

Lancashire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Ashton Club Ground Ashton-under-Lyne Cambridgeshire/Yorkshire (1865) [9]
Botanical Gardens Manchester Manchester (1848–1854)
Lancashire (1849–1851)
[10]
Broughton Cricket Club Ground Salford North (1856 & 1859–1863)
Gentlemen of the North (1858–1860)
[11]
GP Codie's Ground Eccles Manchester (1857–1858) [12]
Merefield Ground Rochdale North (1860) [13]
Milnrow Road Rochdale North (1876) [14]
Moss Lane Manchester Manchester (1844–1846) [15]

Leicestershire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Barker's Ground Leicester North (1836–1846)
Midland Counties (1843)
[16]
Ratcliffe College Cossington Leicestershire Cricket Board (2002) [17]
Tyler's Ground Loughborough North (1875) [18]

Lincolnshire[edit]

Middlesex[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Artillery Ground Finsbury London (1730–1778) tbc
Gray's Inn London London (1730) [19]
Lamb's Conduit Field Holborn London (1707–36) tbc
Lord's Middle Ground St John's Wood B Aislabie's XI (1811)
Lord F Beauclerk's XI (1812–1813)
tbc
Lord's Old Ground Marylebone Middlesex (1787–1796)
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC; 1789–1809)
tbc
Orleans Club Ground Twickenham Orleans Club (1878–1883) [20]
Royal Air Force Sports Ground Uxbridge Combined Services (1964) [21]
W. Fennex's New Ground Uxbridge Middlesex (1789–90) tbc
Wembley Park Wembley Wembley Park Cricket Club (1896) [22]
White Conduit Fields Islington London (1718–73)
White Conduit Club (1784–86)
[23][24][25]
"Woolpack" Islington Middlesex (1729–1732) [26]

Norfolk[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
New Ground Norwich Norfolk (1834–1836) tbc
Old Buckenham Hall Attleborough L Robinson's XI (1912–1921) [27]
Racecourse Ground Swaffham Earl of Winchilsea's XI (1797)

Northamptonshire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Hatton Park Wellingborough United North of England Eleven (1874) [28]
Racecourse Ground Promenade Northampton United North of England Eleven (1872) [29]

Northumberland[edit]

Nottinghamshire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Brackenhurst Cricket Ground Southwell Gentlemen of Southwell (1846) [30]
Forest New Ground Nottingham Nottingham (1771–1837) tbc
Meadow Road Beeston Gentlemen of the North (1870) [31]
West Park West Bridgford Sir J Cahn's XI (1932–1935) [32]

Oxfordshire[edit]

Rutland[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
The Park Burley-on-the-Hill All-England (1790–1793)
Old Etonians (1791)
Earl of Winchilsea's XI (1792–1793)
tbc

Shropshire[edit]

Somerset[edit]

Staffordshire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Burton-on-Trent Cricket Ground Burton-on-Trent North (1840–1841) [33]

Suffolk[edit]

Surrey[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Aram's New Ground Walworth Surrey and Middlesex (1797)
Lord Frederick Beauclerk's XI (1802)
tbc
Caterham Common Caterham Caterham (1767–68) [34]
Cheam Cricket Club Ground Cheam Surrey Cricket Board (1999–2001) [35]
Duppas Hill Croydon Croydon (1707–98) tbc
Epsom Down Epsom Epsom (1816–1819) tbc
Guildford Bason Guildford Surrey (1774) tbc
Holt Pound Wrecclesham Surrey (1791–1809) tbc
J. W. Hobbs' Ground
(Barclays Bank Ground)
Norbury C. I. Thornton's XI (1888) [36]
Kennington Common Kennington London and Surrey (1724–85) tbc
Kew Green Kew London (1730–32) [37]
Laleham Burway near Chertsey Surrey (1773–1779)
Chertsey (1778)
tbc
Merrow Down Guildford Surrey (1730–62) [38][39]
Mitcham Cricket Green Mitcham Mitcham (1685 – present)
Surrey Second XI (1949–1973)
tbc
Moulsey Hurst West Molesey Surrey (1723–1806) [40]
Peper Harow Godalming Alan Brodrick's XI (1727) [41]
Richmond Green Richmond Surrey (1730–41)
Richmond (1743)
[42][43][44]
Royal Military Academy Ground near Camberley Army (1938) [45]
St Ann's Ground Barnes Lyric Club (1890) [46]
Sanderstead Common Sanderstead Surrey (1731) [47]
The Burys Godalming Godalming (1821–1825)
Surrey (1828–1830)
tbc
Walworth Common Walworth London (1730–1732) [48]
Wimbledon Cricket Club Ground Wimbledon Surrey Cricket Board (1999) [49]

Sussex[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Bury Hill Arundel Arundel (1702)
Sussex (1745)
[50]
Manor Ground Bexhill-on-Sea Earl de la Warr's XI (1896) [51]
Midhurst Cricket Ground Midhurst Sussex (1830) tbc
Petworth Park Petworth Sussex (1824–1826) tbc
Prince of Wales Ground Brighton Brighton (1791–1792) tbc
Sheffield Park near Uckfield Lord Sheffield's XI (1881–1896) [52]
The Dripping Pan Lewes 2nd Duke of Richmond's XI (1728–1730) [53][54]

Warwickshire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Aston Park Birmingham North (1861) [55]
Parr and Wisden's Ground Leamington Spa North (1849–1850) [56]

Westmorland[edit]

Wiltshire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Perriam Down Ludgershall T. A. Smith's XI (1787–96)
Hampshire (1788–1792)
Hampshire and Surrey (1790)
tbc
W. H. Laverton's Ground Westbury W. H. Laverton's XI (1890) [57]

Worcestershire[edit]

Yorkshire[edit]

Official name (known as) City or town County side/use span Ends/notes Ref
Army Ground Catterick Garrison Combined Services (1954) [58]
Centre Vale Todmorden United North of England Eleven (1874) [59]
Darnall New Ground Sheffield Sheffield and Leicester (1826)
Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire (1828)
Sheffield (1828–1829)
tbc
Ferham Park Rotherham North (1880) [60]
Hyde Park Ground Sheffield Sheffield (1830–1852)
Yorkshire (1833–1853)
tbc
Mount Pleasant Batley T. Emmett's XI (1883) [61]
Victoria Ground
(Royal Park)
Leeds United North of England Eleven (1872) [62]

† = Defunct venue

Domestic grounds in Wales[edit]

Glamorgan[edit]

Other Welsh counties[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haygarth, pp. 157–158.
  2. ^ Portrack Lane, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 31 July 2010.
  3. ^ Langton Park, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  4. ^ Toby Howe Cricket Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  5. ^ Hatherley and Reddings Cricket Club Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 9 November 2011.
  6. ^ Buckley (FL18), p. 4 and p. 52.
  7. ^ Waghorn (CS), p. 20.
  8. ^ Buckley (FL18), p. 28.
  9. ^ Ashton Club Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  10. ^ Botanical Gardens, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  11. ^ Broughton Cricket Club Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  12. ^ GP Codie's Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  13. ^ Merefield Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  14. ^ Milnrow Road, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  15. ^ Moss Lane, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  16. ^ Barker's Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  17. ^ Ratcliffe College, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  18. ^ Tyler's Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  19. ^ Ashley-Cooper, p. 96.
  20. ^ Orleans Club Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 6 August 2010.
  21. ^ Royal Air Force Sports Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 6 August 2010.
  22. ^ Wembley Park Cricket Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 6 August 2010.
  23. ^ Waghorn (DC), p. 5.
  24. ^ Buckley (FLPV), p. 11.
  25. ^ Haygarth, p. 64.
  26. ^ Maun, p. 57.
  27. ^ Old Buckenham Hall Cricket Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  28. ^ Hatton Park Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  29. ^ Racecourse Ground Promenade, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  30. ^ Brackenhurst Cricket Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  31. ^ Meadow Road, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  32. ^ West Park, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  33. ^ Burton-on-Trent Cricket Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 31 July 2010.
  34. ^ Buckley, pp. 46–52.
  35. ^ Cheam Cricket Club Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 3 August 2010.
  36. ^ JW Hobbs Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 3 August 2010.
  37. ^ Buckley (FL18), pp. 4–8.
  38. ^ Waghorn (CS), p. 1 & 55.
  39. ^ McCann, pp. 20–21.
  40. ^ Maun, p. 27.
  41. ^ McCann, pp. 6–7.
  42. ^ Waghorn (CS), p. 1 & 27.
  43. ^ Buckley (FL18), p. 6 & 12.
  44. ^ Ashley-Cooper, p. 21.
  45. ^ Royal Military Academy Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 3 August 2010.
  46. ^ St Ann's Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 3 August 2010.
  47. ^ Buckley (FL18), p. 6.
  48. ^ Buckley (FL18), p. 6.
  49. ^ Wimbledon Cricket Club Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 3 August 2010.
  50. ^ McCann, pp. 1–19.
  51. ^ Manor Ground, Bexhill-on-Sea, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  52. ^ Sheffield Park, Uckfield, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  53. ^ Waghorn (CS), p. 1.
  54. ^ McCann, p. 8.
  55. ^ Aston Park, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  56. ^ Parr and Wisden's Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  57. ^ WH Laverton's Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 31 July 2010.
  58. ^ Army Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  59. ^ Centre Vale, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  60. ^ Ferham Park, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  61. ^ Mount Pleasant, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  62. ^ Victoria Ground, Leeds, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 1 August 2010.

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