October 10, 2011

England cricket

Time catches up with Victorian cricket pavilion

Liam Brickhill

It has stood since W.G Grace was still plying his trade as a wily 40-something cricketer, but age and infirmity may soon catch up with a Victorian cricket pavilion in Buckinghamshire, which has been named as one of the 10 most endangered buildings in England and Wales. The Bletchley Cricket Pavilion was built in the 1890s but has been separated from its cricket pitch since it was sold by Bletchley Grammar School and is now separated from the playing area by a large hedge. Thieves have stolen bricks and timber from the structure, weakening it further, and the Victorian Society has said that it "needs urgent work to reverse years of decay". The society said it hoped the building, which is in the process of being sold, would find a new owner who was prepared to incorporate the pavilion into any new development, although it’s unclear if the structure will ever serve as a functioning cricket pavilion again.

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