- Broadhalfpenny Down
Broadhalfpenny Down, situated on a hilltop about a mile from the rural village of
Hambledonin Hampshire, was the home venue of the Hambledon Cricket Clubduring its halcyon daysof the mid to late 18th Century. It was used for various sports besides cricket. The famous Bat & Ball Inn, run for many years by Hambledon captain Richard Nyrenis immediately next to the Down.
As a venue for
first-class cricket, Broadhalfpenny Down was used from 1756(earliest definite date) until 1781, Hambledon, moving their home ground to near-by Windmill Downthe following season.
Broadhalfpenny is properly pronounced "broad ha'penny" a contraction following the usual pronunciation of the word in the halfpenny coin.
The cricket ground lies on a ridge connecting Broadhalfpenny Down itself to the higher ground to the north at Wether Down and Salt Hill. The ridge and the down to the south are crossed by the
Monarch's Waylong distance footpath before it descends towards Horndean.
G B Buckley, "Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket", Cotterell, 1935
Arthur Haygarth, "Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826)", Lillywhite, 1862
Ashley Mote, "The Glory Days of Cricket", Robson, 1997
Ashley Mote, "John Nyren's "The Cricketers of my Time", Robson, 1998
H T Waghorn, "The Dawn of Cricket", Electric Press, 1906
* [http://www.jl.sl.btinternet.co.uk/stampsite/cricket/main.html From Lads to Lord's; The History of Cricket: 1300 – 1787]
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