Lord’s Cricket ground: Eton vs Harrow

Brian Levison’s Cricket Grounds Then and Now offers a historic and nostalgic insight into the pasts of some of the most iconic cricket grounds around the world, paired with their modern-day equivalent in a Then & Now format, and this extract takes a look at the amazing Lord’s cricket ground.


Eton vs Harrow

The Eton vs Harrow match dates from 1805 and has been played annually at Lord’s since 1822 with a few exceptions. By the time this photograph was taken in 1932, the match was no longer quite as central in the social and cricketing calendar as it had been, perhaps peaking in 1914 when over 38,000 people attended over two days. Spectators strolled on the outfield during the intervals and picnicked in the traditional carriages parked at the boundary’s edge. Famous individuals who played in this match include Lord Byron, who took part in the 1805 match, Lord Hawke, future captain of Yorkshire and England, and Archie MacLaren, who scored a then-world-record 424 for Lancashire against Somerset.

During the war years, the fixture was played alternately at each school’s ground, but returned to Lord’s in 1946. The traditional carriages were still brought along for the game well into the 1950s, as the photo attests. Since 1999, the match has been played in a one-innings, limited-overs format, though the schools play each other in a longer form game away from Lord’s. Out of ten so-called Lord’s Schools who used to play at the ground, only the Eton vs Harrow game remains – though other schools can still have access to the Nursery pitch. Another tradition that has passed concerns access to the Pavilion’s famous Long Room. Cricketers must make their way from the dressing rooms to the pitch under the eyes of the members. Only men and the Queen were allowed in the Long Room, but in 1998 that rule was dropped. The photograph below shows the Eton vs Harrow match of 2021.

Extracted from Cricket Grounds then & Now by Brian Levison. Out now.

Related book

Related author

Other Articles

Squash & mussel soup – a warming autumn recipe from PROVENÇAL by Alex Jackson

Cook the simple and flavoursome food of the South of France with acclaimed chef Alex Jackson’s Provencal. This unique collection of recipes encapsulates the beauty and simplicity of Provencal French cooking and shows you how to recreate the flavours of the South of France at home. This might seem an… Read More

GIFTS FOR THE PERSON WHO… loves a surprise

Are you looking for a meaningful secret Santa gift or stocking filler that will delight the recipient and definitely not end up forgotten in a drawer? Build your reputation as the most creative gift-giver with these inspirational, creative, and fun books! Out of the Woods by Betsy Griffin Out… Read More

GIFTS FOR THE PERSON WHO… lives life with style

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one who has a keen artistic eye, a love of beautiful design or a brilliantly crafty hobby, we have hand-selected some books that are sure to inspire. Made With Love by Tom Daley Tom Daley’s debut… Read More