Ham and Petersham Cricket Club
Ham and Petersham Cricket Club was established in 1815. In 2015 the cricket club celebrated its bicentenary, Cricket was originally played on Ham Common by the Albion Club in 1815. During the 19th century the Albion Club became known as Ham Albion, by 1891 the club was referred to as Ham and Petersham Cricket Club and this name has been retained up until the present day. The home ground, Ham Common, is located in Ham which borders the village of Petersham and it is surrounded by some notable houses, the edge of Richmond Park, Cassel Hospital and two pubs, The Hand and Flower and The New Inn. At one end of the ground is a pond, legend has it that the player ever to hit the ball in the pond. Up until the Second World War a tent was set up for the players to change in, caricatures of Jack Hobbs and Fred Burgess were drawn on the side of the tent. In 1927 a clubhouse was erected on Ham Common but the club was forced to take it down by Ham Urban District Council as it is common land. In 1968 the committee raised funds to build an adjacent to the Hand.
In 2013, after another fundraising effort, a new clubhouse was built and was opened by England, celebrity players have included Michael Parkinson, Roy Castle, Tim Theakston of Theakston Brewery and Tim Rice. Bill Brockwell, who played for England and Surrey in the 19th century, was probably the finest cricketer to play for the club. He lived at Rajinda Cottage on Ham Common and was the vice-president of the prior to World War I. The best player of the 20th century was Richard Harrison, a bowler who batted at number 4. Harrison retired from cricket in 1999, the earliest surviving scorecard dates back to a match between Ham Albion and Twickenham Cricket Club that took place on Tuesday 13 July 1841. Ham Albion won by an innings and 87 runs, a scorecard from a match played against Brentford Cricket Club in 1855 exists. Ham and Petersham Cricket Club Archive –1978 to 1985 Ham and Petersham Cricket Club Archive –1986 to 2009 On 30 May 1982 J Mackie took 9 for 26 as Thames Ditton Old Boys achieved a total of 62.
In reply Ham and Petersham could only manage 33, with J Mackie top scoring with 15 not out, the very next match, against Chertsey, J Mackie did not play. Ham and Petersham scored 198 and bowled Chertsey out for 14 with P Claridge taking 8 for 6, on 15 July 1984 the clubs Chairman and opening batsman, Peter Clarke, scored a 100 not out. He would score over 500 runs that season, on 25 August 1985 Bobby Jordan made his debut for Ham and Petersham
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south-west London, forms part of Outer London and is the only London borough on both sides of the River Thames. It was created in 1965 when three smaller council areas amalgamated under the London Government Act 1963 and it is governed by Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council. The borough is approximately half parkland – large areas of Londons open space fall within the boundaries, including Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, Bushy Park. A neighbouring authority in Surrey achieved the best quality of life in that report, demography is a diverse picture as in all of London, each district should be looked at separately and even those do not reflect all neighbourhoods. Whatever generalisations are used, the texture of London poverty by its minutely localised geography must always be taken into account according to an influential poverty report of 2010. Londons German business and expatriate community is centred on this borough, the above are arranged by post town Parks take up a great deal of the borough and include Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Kew Gardens, and Hampton Court Park.
There are over 100 parks and open spaces within its boundary and 21 miles of river frontage,140 hectares within the borough are designated as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt. The name Richmond upon Thames was coined at that time, it is now commonly but inaccurately used to refer to Richmond only, the boroughs history is reflected in the coat of arms, which was officially granted on 7 May 1966. It is, Ermine a portcullis or within a bordure gules charged with eight fleurs-de-lis or. The crest is, On a wreath argent and gules out of a mural crown gules a swan rousant argent in beak a branch of climbing red roses leaved and entwined about the neck proper. The supporters are, On either side a griffin gules and beaked azure, each supporting an oar proper, the blade of the dark blue. Red and ermine are the royal colours, reflecting Richmonds royal history. The swan represents the River Thames, which flows through the borough, the oars are from the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, reflecting the fact that the Boat Race between the two universities ends at Mortlake in the borough.
The borough currently has a Conservative-led council which has been the most common administration since its formation, the borough is served by many Transport for London bus routes. The borough is connected to central London and Reading by the National Rail services of South West Trains, the London Undergrounds District line serves Richmond and Kew Gardens stations, both are served by London Overground trains on the North London Line. The other stations are, Barnes Bridge, Hampton, Hampton Wick, North Sheen, St Margarets, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Richmond upon Thames is the local education authority for the borough. The borough has a football club, Hampton & Richmond Borough F. C. who play at Beveree Stadium in Hampton. The Twickenham Stadium hosts rugby internationals and the Twickenham Stoop is home to the Harlequins Rugby Team, Richmond Rugby Club are active and share their grounds with London Scottish F. C
Richmond is a suburban town in southwest London,8.2 miles west-southwest of Charing Cross. The town is on a meander of the River Thames, with a number of parks and open spaces, including Richmond Park, and many protected conservation areas. A specific Act of Parliament protects the scenic view of the River Thames from Richmond, Richmond was founded following Henry VIIs building of Richmond Palace in the 16th century, from which the town derives its name. During this era the town and palace were particularly associated with Elizabeth I, during the 18th century Richmond Bridge was completed and many Georgian terraces were built, particularly around Richmond Green and on Richmond Hill. These remain well preserved and many have listed building architectural or heritage status, the opening of the railway station in 1846 was a significant event in the absorption of the town into a rapidly expanding London. Richmond was formerly part of the ancient parish of Kingston upon Thames in the county of Surrey, in 1890 the town became a municipal borough, which was extended to include Kew, Ham and part of Mortlake.
The municipal borough was abolished in 1965 when, as a result of boundary changes, Richmond is now part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and has a population of 21,469. It has a significant commercial and retail centre with a developed day, the area now known as Richmond was formerly part of Shene. Shene was not listed in Domesday Book, although it is depicted on the maps as Sceon. Henry VII had a palace there and in 1501 he named it Richmond Palace in recognition of his earldom. The town that developed nearby took the name as the palace. Henry I lived briefly in the Kings house in Sheanes, Edward II, following his defeat by the Scots at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, founded a monastery for Carmelites at Sheen. When the boy-king Edward III came to the throne in 1327 he gave the manor to his mother Isabella, Edward spent over two thousand pounds on improvements, but in the middle of the work Edward himself died at the manor, in 1377. Richard II was the first English king to make Sheen his main residence and it was rebuilt between 1414 and 1422, but destroyed by fire 1497.
Following that fire Henry VII built a new residence at Sheen, there are unconfirmed beliefs that Shakespeare may have performed some plays there. Once Elizabeth I became queen she spent much of her time at Richmond and she died there on 24 March 1603. The palace was no longer in use after 1649, but in 1688 James II ordered partial reconstruction of the palace. The bulk of the palace had decayed by 1779, but surviving structures include the Wardrobe, Trumpeters House, and this has five bedrooms and was made available on a 65-year lease by the Crown Estate Commissioners in 1986
Kew Cricket Club
Kew Cricket Club plays matches on Kew Green in Kew, which is now in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The club was formed in 1882 following the amalgamation of two clubs, Kew Oxford Cricket Club and Kew Cambridge Cricket Club, but cricket had been played on Kew Green for many years before this. In August 1732, the Whitehall Evening Post reported that Frederick, a report in The London Evening Post dated 16 July 1737 refers to a match between a Prince of Wales XI and The Duke of Marlborough XI. Todays Kew Cricket Club has four Saturday League teams, a Sunday League team, Kew Cricket Club operates a thriving Colts section, fielding league teams at the U17, U15, U13 and U11 levels. The current 1st XI team plays in Division 1 of the Thames Valley Cricket League, the 1st and 2nd XI teams play their cricket matches at Kew Cricket Club Ground on Kew Green, and the 3rd and 4th XIs play at St Marys Universitys grounds in Teddington. A charity cricket match takes place annually, each May bank holiday, Kew Cricket Club, 32pp Official website Kew Cricket Club Ground on CricketArchive Kew Cricket Club Ground on Cricinfo
Old Deer Park
Old Deer Park is an area of open space within Richmond, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England. It is 147 hectares in extent of which 90.37 hectares is classed as private, the park is bounded generally by the River Thames to the west, Kew Gardens to the north, and urban areas of Richmond town to the east and south. Owned by the Crown Estate, the forms part of a larger historic landscape stretching from Richmond to Kew. The low-lying parts of the park alongside the river constitute flood storage areas, a long-term strategy is now being implemented in order to arrest and reverse this decline. In the mid-16th century, Richmond Palace was a residence of Queen Elizabeth I. After the death of Elizabeth, at Richmond, in 1603 a hunting park was established by King James I by means of adding monastic land to the existing park and this became known as The New Park of Richmond. The present name Old Deer Park was adopted after 1637, following the establishment by King Charles I of the much larger Richmond Park on the side of the town.
The majority of Old Deer Park is now occupied by the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club, within the clubs boundaries are two 18-hole courses, plus a separate area within which lies the Grade I listed Kings Observatory, established by King George III in 1769. To the south-west of the Observatory, under the fairway of the 14th hole of the golf course, lie the foundations of the former Carthusian Sheen Priory. Construction of the line westwards from Richmond Station in 1847/8 restricted the access from Richmond Green to Old Deer Park. This heightened the sense of separation between town and park – alleviating this problem is part of the new strategy, beside the River Thames in the park are a pair of stone obelisks. They were built in 1874 and were used by the Kings Observatory to observe the transit of Venus across the Sun that year. However, a legend says that they were erected in the 18th century as memorials to two men who lost their lives in a duel over a woman, who drowned herself in the river. The park was used to accommodate 5,000 of the 8,000 Scouts attending the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920, the public open spaces are occasionally used for circuses and other events.
The Old Deer Park has been used a venue for cricket since at least 1867, during its history, the ground has played host to a number of Middlesex Second XI and Surrey Second XI matches. Despite historically being within Surrey, the ground has played host to List-A matches involving Middlesex, in 2001 the Middlesex Cricket Board played their only List-A match at the ground in the 2001 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy against Berkshire. From 2000 to 2004, the ground held 5 List-A matches, starting in the 2003 Twenty20 Cup against Kent, Middlesex have used the ground for 5 Twenty20 matches to date. In local domestic cricket, the ground is the venue of Richmond Cricket Club