Lord’s

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Lord’s

 
Lord’s is the head­quar­ters of the Maryle­bone crick­et club (MCC), the Mid­dle­sex coun­ty crick­et club and the Eng­land and Wales Crick­et Board, in St John’s Wood. The ground was opened by Thomas Lord (1757–1832) who was grounds­man at the White Con­duit Club, Isling­ton, in 1780.

In 1797 he start­ed a crick­et ground of his own on the site of what is now Dorset Square, Maryle­bone, where he found­ed the MCC. In 1811 he moved the turf to a new site near the Regent’s Canal, and in 1814 he trans­ferred to the present ground, the site of a for­mer duck pond. The suc­cess of the ven­ture prompt­ed him to build a pavil­ion and a tav­ern.

Lord retired in 1825, leav­ing behind a club that had become the country’s lead­ing crick­et team and the game’s recog­nised gov­ern­ing body. From 1838 lawn ten­nis was also played at Lord’s and a sub-com­mit­tee of the Maryle­bone club lat­er for­mu­lat­ed that game’s first laws.

In 1878 the MCC invit­ed Mid­dle­sex Coun­ty Crick­et Club to make Lord’s its home. The ground was extend­ed with the acqui­si­tion of Henderson’s nurs­ery – hence the ‘nurs­ery end’. An under­ground sta­tion was built at Lord’s in 1868 (orig­i­nal­ly named St John’s Wood Road), but closed with the open­ing of the present St John’s Wood sta­tion in 1939.

The Mound Stand was remod­elled and extend­ed in 1987, adding a pub­lic con­course to the under­side and a new steel super­struc­ture on top, with pri­vate box­es and din­ing rooms hang­ing below a ‘tent­ed roof’.

The ground’s award win­ning media cen­tre was built in 1999, and was at first spon­sored by NatWest (as shown in pho­to below). JP Mor­gan is the cen­tre’s present spon­sor.

As well as the home games of the Maryle­bone and Mid­dle­sex clubs, the venue also hosts inter­na­tion­al match­es and the Eton v. Har­row and Oxford v. Cam­bridge fix­tures. At the 2012 Olympic Games the archery com­pe­ti­tion was held at Lord’s.
 
Lords media centre, seen from St John's Wood churchyard