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 match known to have been played at Lord's Old Ground was White Conduit Club v Middlesex on Monday 21 May 1787.[1]

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.[1]

The inaugural Gentlemen v Players match took place at the Old Ground in July 1806.[1]


Commemorative plaque in Dorset Square

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.


  1. 1 2 3 Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862

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Coordinates: 51°31′22″N 0°09′40″W / 51.5228°N 0.1610°W / 51.5228; -0.1610

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