Surrey History Centre
Surrey History Centre holds a number of important sporting archives. Surrey can boast many sporting firsts, including:
– A Base Ball match in Shere in 1775, mentioned in a William Bray diary ref
– In 1772, as a result of some very accurate bowling by Lumpy Stevens, the third stump was introduced in to the game of cricket.
– A women’s cricket match between the villages of Bramley and Hambledon, near Guildford, was reported in The Reading Mercury on 26 July 1745.
We also have ancient records in Surrey History Centre including two of the earliest known references to cricket ref: BR/OC/1/2, ref 1272/1/3. Records and information relating to motor racing, golf, shooting, football, cycling in Surrey and many more can be found on our Exploring Surrey’s Past website.
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