SOCIAL HISTORY – FASCINATING FILM ABOUT CRICKET AT LORD’S – Sir Ralph Richardson narrates…
This fascinating film of England v Australia at Lord’s, narrated by John Arlott and Sir Ralph Richardson, introduces the viewer “to a very revered patch of English turf, plumb in line with the Pavilion” and guides us through the game.
It features footage of Bradman, Compton, Hutton, and Dexter, as well as a spin-bowling master-class from Bert Rhodes who pitches balls that Graeme Swann would be proud of.
Beautifully shot, the film is an incredible tribute to a game that “began in quiet places, and lives on in quiet places, deep in the hearts of those who love it”.
This film is part of a collection of films from the British Council’s archive, now released online to the public for the first time.
A history of Lord’s Cricket Ground
Lord’s is widely referred to as the ‘Home of Cricket’ and is home to the world’s oldest sporting museum. It is named after its founder Thomas lord, and owned by Marlebone Cricket Club (MCC).
From then to now
The second, commonly known as Lord’s Middle Ground, was only used from 1811 to 1813 before being abandoned to make way for the construction of Regent’s Canal.