“Monkey’s” Country-House Cricket Ground
Mr. A. N. Hornby’s XI versus XIV of Church Minshull, Wednesday, 8th June, 1887, at Parkfield House, Nantwich.
K Martin Tebay
Published by Red Rose Books in 2017
Original card wrappers.
(4) + 8 pages, illustrated.
Limited edition of 25 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay.
On Wednesday, 8th June, 1887, Mr. A.N. Hornby, captain of Lancashire County and Manchester Cricket Club, opened a new cricket ground at his residence, Parkfield House, in Wellington Road, Nantwich. To celebrate the occasion, he led an eleven, which included several well-known Lancashire County professional cricketers, in an “odds” match against XIV of Church Minshull, which was ‘comprised of several of his old friends of the Church Minshull Cricket Club, with which he was intimately connected during his ten years’ residence in that neighbourhood previous to coming to Nantwich’, and local cricketers from the neighbouring village of Minshull Vernon. Boasting 16 rooms and set in approximately 20 acres of land, Parkfield House was bordered by stables on the one side, which housed Hornby’s ‘prancing hunters’, and by the beautifully rolled and levelled cricket ground on the other, the opening of which is the subject of this monograph.
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