Lord's Cricket Ground
1814
Thomas Lord
30000
Yes, 2009
Pavilion End, Nursery End
Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex
Lacrosse, Hockey, Archery (2012 Olympics)
Mick Hunt
19:02, Tue Dec 18, 2018 (UTC +0000)
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Records and statistics

England v Australia - Jul 21-23, 1884 Scorecard
England v India - Aug 9-12, 2018 Scorecard
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England v Australia - Aug 26, 1972 Scorecard
England v India - Jul 14, 2018 Scorecard
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England v Netherlands - Jun 5, 2009 Scorecard
Nepal v Netherlands - Jul 29, 2018 Scorecard
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Profile

Despite a major rebuilding programme in recent years, Lord's remains a cricket ground as opposed to the largely impersonal stadiums many other leading venues which have become. Playing in a Test at Lord's, still widely regarded as the home of cricket, remains to many cricketers the pinnacle of a career.

The third of Thomas Lord's grounds was opened in 1814 and soon became the major venue as cricket became the world's leading sport in the 19th century. While cricket has been overtaken by other international events, and the game itself has become overtly commercial, Lord's has retained its place as the spiritual home.

The ground is privately owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (membership 18,000), is the home to the ECB and, from 1909 to 2005, the ICC.

The dominant building is the terracotta-coloured pavilion, built in 1890 and still one of world sport's most recognisable structures. Going round the ground in a clockwise direction, next to the pavilion is the Warner Stand, opened in 1958 and named after the eminent player and administrator Sir Pelham "Plum" Warner.

The main grandstand was built in 1997 and replaced the architecturally unique structure designed by Sir Herbert Baker which was opened in time for the 1926 Ashes Test. Baker presented MCC with Father Time, the weathervane which topped his creation until it was moved to the other side of the ground in 1996.

The far end - the Nursery - is enclosed by the Compton and Edrich Stands, a pair of low-level two-tier stands built in 1990 which are remarkably similar to those they replaced (which were known as the Free Seats on account of them being available to those who had paid the basic ground admission - entry to other areas required extra payment). Legend has it that Gubby Allen, MCC's long-time self-appointed guardian, steadfastly refused to allow any larger structure as it would have blocked the view of the Nursery and the tree-lined park on the other side of the Wellington Road.

The Nursery itself is named after Henderson's agricultural nursery which was acquired in 1887 (not, as widely believed, because it is home to the MCC Young Cricketers, hence the nursery for the game's next generation). It houses a second pitch which is used for end-of-season Cross Arrows matches as well as the women's Varsity match. The award-winning Mound Stand, was opened in 1987. Its predecessor , constructed in 1898, was on the site of the old tennis courts and at one time contained a bakery with a small underground railway to take produce to various points of sale.

The Tavern (1967) is the least distinguished of the stands and typifies the bland functionality of the 1960s. Until the late 1980s spectators could stand on the concourse in front of the stand and watch proceedings, but increasing rowdyism ended that. The previous Tavern, an ivy-clad building, was much loved by patrons.

The final stand before returning the the pavilion is the Allen Stand (formerly the Q Stand), a rather diminutive in-fill which serves as a pavilion overflow on big-match days and Middlesex's club room at other times.
Martin Williamson

Notes

Lord's - A brief timeline

Travel
Tube St John's Wood Station (Jubilee) is a 500-yard walk - Baker Street (Jubilee/Metropolitan/Bakerloo/Hammersmith & City, Circle) is slightly further but is often less congested on major match days and offers more trains.
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Fixtures

2019
Thu Apr 11 - Sun Apr 14
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Lancashire
Sun Apr 21 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
South Group - Middlesex v Gloucestershire
Sat Apr 27 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
South Group - Middlesex v Sussex
Sun May 5 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
South Group - Middlesex v Glamorgan
Tue May 14 - Fri May 17
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Leicestershire
Sat May 25 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
TBC v TBC
Mon Jun 3 - Thu Jun 6
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Sussex
Sun Jun 23 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Pakistan v South Africa
Tue Jun 25 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
England v Australia
Sat Jun 29 (50 ovs)          
13:30 local | 12:30 GMT
08:30 EDT | 07:30 CDT | 05:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Australia v New Zealand
Fri Jul 5 (50 ovs)          
13:30 local | 12:30 GMT
08:30 EDT | 07:30 CDT | 05:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Bangladesh v Pakistan
Sun Jul 14 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Final - TBC v TBC (Reserve day)
Thu Jul 18 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Essex
Wed Jul 24 - Sat Jul 27
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Only Test - England v Ireland
Thu Aug 1 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Kent
Thu Aug 8 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Surrey
Wed Aug 14 - Sun Aug 18
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
2nd Test - England v Australia
Thu Aug 22 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Hampshire
Tue Sep 10 - Fri Sep 13
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Durham
Mon Sep 23 - Thu Sep 26
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Derbyshire
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An artist's impression of the view from the redeveloped Edrich Stand at Lord's
An artist's impression of the view from the redeveloped Edrich Stand at Lord's
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The proposed redesign of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord's
The proposed redesign of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord's
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Middlesex have found it tough going in Division Two, Middlesex v Glamorgan, Lord's, April 29, 2018
Middlesex have found it tough going in Division Two
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MCC members watch MCC women play Middlesex women, Lord's, April 18, 2018
Lord's welcomes MCC women and Middlesex women in April
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