Games weekend: Stoolball and Cricket
Come and find out more about two traditional games from our region. Stoolball England will offer the chance to try your hand at stoolball and also a display about the equipment and history of the game.
Try your hand at cricket. There will also be images on display of craft skills from Gray-Nicolls, makers of cricket bats since 1855.
Did you know that 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the first writing-down of the rules of stoolball?
This took place in Glynde (East Sussex) in 1867 by the Rev De St. Croix, vicar of Glynde. De St. Croix’s daughters all played stoolball with the ladies of the ‘big house’ Glynde Place and the women/girls of the village, and being a true Victorian man, he felt the rules should be formalised. 2016 was the 150th anniversary of the first officially recorded stoolball match in the same village between the ‘Glynde Butterflies’ and the ‘Firle Blues’.
Informal activities throughout the weekend, including a display of cricket materials from Goodwood, including a replica of an early cricket bat and a copy of the articles of agreement between Duke of Richmond and Mr Brodrick for two cricket matches concluded 11 July 1727.