Come the long days of summer, no English country House would be complete without idyllic images of men in full whites playing cricket – and the Goodwood Estate, West Sussex does not disappoint. With the thatched pavilion and ground situated opposite the grand entrance to Goodwood House, it is plain to see that cricket is as important to the Estate as racing and farming.
What might not be as obvious however is that the 2nd Duke was actually a pioneer of organised cricket in Sussex with Goodwood being one of the first locations at which matches were regularly played. The earliest set of written rules was penned for the 2nd Duke in 1727, just a few miles away in Hampshire and these formed the basis of today’s rules of the game. The 4th Duke was also a keen cricketer and was a founder member of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1786 with the Earl of Winchilsea. His role here was very important however for the establishment of Lord’s Cricket Ground – now known as the home of English cricket. When Thomas Lord was uncertain that the new game of cricket would be a lucrative use for his venue, it was the 4th Duke who guaranteed against any losses Lord might suffer on starting a new cricket ground. The current Duke follows in his ancestral footsteps for the love of the game and has been President of the Sussex County Cricket Club for many years.
The pitch and pavilion can be booked for use with the option of a fine afternoon tea served at the pavilion. Cricketing enthusiasts can invite speakers to their event at Goodwood House and view historical books on the sport (by prior arrangement.)
Join Goodwood House during one of their house tours on a Sunday and Monday 1pm – 5pm until 15th October 2012. Entry costs GBP9.50 for adults and GBP4.00 children aged 12-18. Children under twelve are admitted free. Student rates are GBP4.00 and there is a family ticket for two adults and two children for GBP22.00.
Afternoon tea is served between 2pm – 4.30pm with prices starting at GBP4.00.
To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Summer Exhibition for 2012, running from 6th August – 15th October, will look at Goodwood’s royal heritage and how it is represented in the art collection. From 5th – 30th August the house will be open Sunday – Thursday.
About Goodwood House: Set within magnificent grounds in the Sussex countryside, seven miles from the sea, is one of the truly spectacular English country estates. The seat of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon for over three hundred years, Goodwood remains in the family while affording guests an opportunity to experience the historic architecture and interiors of the grand house and the opulent modern amenities, award-winning dining and a range of sporting activities from golf to world class vintage car and horse racing.
To enquire about holding events or weddings at Goodwood please telephone 01243 775 537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on visitor opening times for Goodwood House and for more information on the Goodwood Estate, please call +44 (0) 1243 755 000 or visit www.goodwood.com
Contributer: Alexandra Pinhorn
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