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Lord's Cricket Ground

Lord’s Cricket Ground in London’s St John’s Wood is the undisputed home of cricket, not just in England, but across the world. It has been home to many a nail-biting cricketing moment in the nation’s history - from the first Test match at the ground in 1884 when England beat Australia, to the World Cup win of the England women’s cricket team in 1993, and the first Test match in the glorious 2005 Ashes series.

Owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the ground is named after a Yorkshireman, Thomas Lord, who went to London to establish a private cricket ground in 1787. After moving the ground a couple of times, he settled on its present home, and the first game at Lord’s took place in 1814.

The ground is well-known for its sloping pitches – the north-west side is a full eight feet higher than the south-east side – and players must tailor their game to fit its idiosyncrasies. In 1999, its futuristic Media Centre added another instantly iconic feature to Lord's.

In 2012, Lord’s will play host to a very different sport: the Olympic archery event will be staged on the historic pitch.

To read more about Lord's Cricket Ground, click here.

Photo: Sarah Williams/MCC

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The home of cricket. The greatest sport stadium in the world.

Sanjay Dave


The Media Centre at Lord's has become the defining image of the headquarters of English cricket. It appears on our screens whenever the TV cameras are at Lord's for major matches. Cricket being the quintessential English game, the Media Centre must be one of the icons of England.
Brian Thornton


An instantly identifiable icon at the home of our national game
John Pollock


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