Esoteric London

No. 63: Barnsbury Road, N1

Posted in Parks, Sport by esotericlondon on May 26, 2010

Barnard Park, Barnsbury Road, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

Curiosities of London – John Timbs, 1867:

Cricket is stated to have been played at Finsbury, in the Royal Artillery Ground, before the year 1746. Some 30 years later, in 1774, a committee of noblemen and gentlemen was formed, under the presidency  of Sir William Draper; they met at the Star and Garter in Pall Mall, and laid down the first rules of Cricket , which rules form the basis of the laws of Cricket to this day. The next great step was the establishment  of the White Conduit Club, in the year 1799; and among its members, in addition to the before-named patron of the game, we find the names of Lord Winchilsea, Lord Strathaven, and Sir P.Burrell. Their place of meeting was still the Star and Garter and their ground was in White Conduit fields. One of the attendants, Thomas Lord, was persuaded to take a ground; and under the patronage of the old White Conduit Club, a new club, called the Marylebone Club was formed at ‘Lord’s Cricket Ground’, which was the site of the present Dorset Square.

[White Conduit House, home to the White Conduit Club, lay just south of today’s Barnard Park, which now occupies part of the site of the Club’s extensive pleasure gardens. R.D.]

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