Mitcham Cricket Green at centre of Heritage Day, Sep 17

Cricket has been played at Mitcham Cricket Green for more than 300 years

Cricket has been played at Mitcham Cricket Green for more than 300 years

The world’s oldest cricket ground and surrounding listed buildings are open to the public on Mitcham Heritage Day on Saturday, September 17, culminating with a fund-raising concert in the evening.

Mitcham Cricket Green is recognised as the oldest ground still in use for the game, having been used for cricket since 1685.

Now the hub of a conservation area, local groups have come together to stage the Heritage Day with a range of free events including talks, exhibitions, and chances to see and try new things.

Participating this year are:

Wandle Industrial Museum – opening free of charge
Cricket Green School – view the 14th Century arch
St Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church – guided visit to church, exhibitions and more
The Canons and Dovecote – learn more about the Lottery bid and get a look inside the Dovecote
Mitcham Parish Church – exhibitions, bell-ringing, displays and more
Mitcham Cricket Club – see inside the pavilion and watch cricket, displays and more
Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre – photographic exhibitions at various locations
Mitcham Cricket Green Community and Heritage – guided walk around Cricket Green at 2pm

The day will round off with an evening choral concert at Mitcham Parish Church starting at 7pm. Further details about the concert and tickets (£10 including cheese and wine) are available from Fr David Pennells on 020 8646 0666.

For more details on the heritage day and the conservation area, click here.


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