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Cheshire Gentleman's Cricket Ground

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We had a note and photographs regarding the Cheshire Gentlemans' Cricket Ground, from Dr Roycroft, who said, "Feeling nostalgic about the Cheshire Gentlemens' cricket ground I went looking for it today and took a few photographs despite all the netting thinking you might possibly want to put something in the village news about progress on the site".

Of course, things are moving along rapidly with the demolition and the site will soon be occupied by brand new houses.

The site itself has a long and interesting history, much of which pops up in 'Chelford, A Cheshire Village' by Mavis & Keith Plant, Roger Roycroft and Julia Slater. If you haven't got a copy, then all you need do is pop down to the Corner Shoppe and all will be well.

On page 190 is the story of how Thomas Nixon, a famous cricketer in his day, took up a position with the newly formed Cheshire County Club at Chelford and established the ground in 1861. It's fitting that the ground is commemorated in the name of the new development.

As a further taster, here's part of what you'll find on page 301, where it describes the history of the site from 1941.

"The refrigerated cold store, originally built by the Government in 1941 on the site of the cricket ground adjacent to the Dixon Arms for the storage of mainly beef and land during World War II, was set in six and a half acres in the village of Chelford. Comprising of three floor heights with two storage rooms on each level accessed by three lifts, the cold store employed approximately 30 people."

The site was also served by railways sidings from the main line. Thanks are due to our railway guru, Dr Stannard, for providing this link to an early OS map showing where the railway sidings ran.

The premises remained vacant from the 1960s to 1985 when the Irlam family bid for the premises and it then became the headquarters of their haulage business until the business passed to Stobarts.

Dr Roycrofts' pictures show the brick-built cold store awaiting demolition.

The site remains an important part of the village

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