Lord's Old Ground
Lord's Old Ground was a cricket venue in London that was established by Thomas Lord in 1787. It was used mainly by Marylebone Cricket Club for major matches until 1810, after which a dispute about rent caused Lord to relocate.
The first regular cricket fixture at Lord's (i.e., one that continues to this day) was the annual Eton v Harrow match which was first played on the Old Ground in 1805.
The inaugural Gentlemen v Players match took place at the Old Ground in July 1806.
Lord's Old Ground was on the site of what is now Dorset Square. Lord relocated in 1811 to Lord's Middle Ground, a site at Lisson Grove in the vicinity of Regent's Park but he lost that venue after only three years because the land was requisitioned for a canal cutting. In 1814, he opened the present Lord's Cricket Ground, formerly a duckpond in St John's Wood.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled in Dorset Square by Andrew Strauss on 9 May 2006.
- Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862
- Lord's Cricket Ground
- From Lads to Lord's – 1787
- Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825
- CricInfo's page on the original Lord's