Cricket trail

  • Winchester College
  • Hambledon
  • The Globe, Alresford
  • Winchester College
  • Hambledon
  • The Globe, Alresford

Start at Winchester Tourist Information Centre

The Broadway, Winchester

SO23 9GH

Discover the evolution of cricket in Winchester and Hampshire's countryside

This self-guided trail offers you an opportunity to trace the history of the development of the sport of cricket across the county of Hampshire.

Games akin to cricket have been played on the fields of England since the Middle Ages, but a game called 'crecket' first appears in 1598.

Hampshire’s own cricketing history owes much to the legacy of the Hambledon and Alresford cricket clubs and the pre-eminent players produced at Winchester College.

Find out about local cricket clubs - including Hambledon Cricket Club - and eateries with connections to the sport along the way. Why not make the city of Winchester your base as you uncover the fascinating landmarks of cricket dotted across Hampshire?

Download the Cricket in Winchester trail below (pdf will open in a new window):

PDF iconAlresford cricket leaflet

You can also request a hard copy of the brochure or contact us and we will send one out to you.

The history of cricket in the city of Winchester closely mirrors the changes in its evolution. At the time that Robert Matthew wrote his poem in 1647 which refers to Winchester’s College pupils playing on St Catherine’s Hill, it was a casual sport played by boys.

By the 1770s, Winchester was regularly fielding adult cricket teams: it is recorded that in 1774 Winchester refused to allow Bishop’s Waltham to finish a match on Twyford Down although only six runs were needed. Rather than throw the match away, the Waltham players stayed overnight and subsequently warned other teams against playing such unreasonable opponents.

In 1796 we know that a match took place between the tradesmen of Winchester and the tradesmen of Southampton, marking the shift in the game from a children’s game to an adult’s sport, popular with working men. Another match between local tradesmen was recorded in 1856 at Oliver’s Battery when a team representing the town north of the High Street played against another from the south side.

As the game became more popular, its following among the gentry grew and this is reflected in the number of Winchester College pupils who rose to prominence in the sport. 

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