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Cricket Green, Lower Mitcham
This site is on the Nelson Trail.
Cricket is said to have been played here since the 1690s and Lord Nelson reportedly travelled from his Merton home to watch the local team in action. Prior to his departure for Trafalgar, the Admiral reputedly gave a young player a shilling, to “drink to the confusion of the French” forces.
In Nelson’s day, the Mitcham cricket team had changing rooms in the nearby Cricketers Inn, while the scorer was stationed on the pub balcony. The original inn was bombed during World War II and replaced by the current building in 1958. The Mitcham Cricket Pavilion dates from 1904; rather uniquely, a busy road separates it from the pitch itself.
8-10 minute walk from Mitcham Tramlink, or close to the following bus routes: 118, 127, 200, 201, 270, 280, 355.
This page was last updated on Wednesday 11 November 2009