Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Edgbaston Cricket Ground

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Edgbaston Cricket Ground (also known as Edgbaston Stadium) is a cricket ground in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, England. It is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, and is also used for Test matches and One Day Internationals.


The land that now makes up Edgbaston Cricket Ground was originally owned by the Calthorpe Estate, who had developed the manor of Edgbaston into an exclusive Birmingham suburb over the course of the 19th century, and thought a cricket ground to be an asset that would add to the genteel image of the area. Warwickshire had considered Rugby and Leamington Spa for their county headquarters, but club secretary William Ansell believed that Birmingham's large population and comprehensive railway connections made it preferable – envisaging first-class status for the county and test status for the ground. Initially favouring the Wycliffe Ground on Pershore Road, Warwickshire were instead offered a 12-acre "meadow of rough grazing land" in an undeveloped area on the banks of the River Rea by the Calthorpe Estate, who considered the less attractive development land to have more to gain from association with the cricket ground. With the site only 20 minutes' walk from New Street Station, Warwickshire agreed in 1885 to lease the land for £5 per acre over a 21-year period. A further £1,250 was spent on draining and enclosing the site and building a wooden pavilion. The new ground's first match took place on 7 June 1886 against the MCC,...
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