As you plan the itinerary of your personal homage to cricket, you’ll notice strong links between inns and the game - offering you a legitimate opportunity to explore some of Hampshire’s oldest and finest hostelries from The Bat and Ball in Hambledon to The Globe on the Lake in Alresford. Even Thomas Lord’s old residence in West Meon now trades as a thriving restaurant showcasing the best of local food.
And there’s also an opportunity to visit Winchester and stroll up St Catherine’s Hill (site of a cricket match between college boys in 1647) or take a tour of Winchester College itself where so many cricketers, including the controversial Douglas Jardine, honed their skills. As Hampshire is now the county of The Rose Bowl, this strong tradition is clearly continuing with pride - in fact the test matches will be played here from 2011, if you’re interested…
For more information on planning your visit to the region call Winchester Tourist Information Centre on 01962 840 500 or see www.visitwinchester.co.uk
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Visit the college to find out more about where Douglas Jardine, the famous Ashton brothers and Hubert Doggart himself all learned to play cricket
Visit The Bat & Ball Inn whose famous landlords have included Robert Nyren who ran Hambledon Cricket Club, and Andrew Freemantle, a player who Nyren himself admired.
Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground, retired to West Meon in the Winchester district. The Arts and Crafts public house in the village was renamed ‘The Thomas Lord’ in 1955 to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.
Winchester City Council has two venues available forcricket hire. These are King George V and North Walls Recreation Ground. Both sites offer two cricket pitches with pavilion provision.
A Latin poem refers to a match played on this unspoilt beauty spot overlooking Winchester in 1647. Winchester in 1647. The view of the city has changed over the centuries, but remains breathtaking.
In the 18th century the noted cricketer Thomas Taylor was landlord of The Globe on the Lake in Alresford. Why not walk the well preserved Georgian town’s circular river trail?
It seems Hampshire is not going to give up its reputation as a centre of cricketing excellence.