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Lancaster Park, 1880s (1st of 2)

Lancaster Park, 1880s

In 1880 a group of enthusiasts met at the Commercial Hotel in Christchurch and floated a company: Canterbury Cricket and Athletic Sports Company Limited. It set out to create a private cricket ground at which admission could be charged. Hagley Park, where cricket had been played in Christchurch until this time, was a public reserve, so no charges could be levied at the gate. The company purchased a ground on Ferry Road, prepared the turf and built a pavilion. The first game at the new Lancaster Park was played against a visiting English side on 23 January 1882. As can be seen in this photograph, the ground was surrounded by a cinder athletics track, which was also used for penny-farthing bicycle races.

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Canterbury Museum, Canterbury Pilgrims and Early Settlers' Association Collection
Reference: 1949.148.219
Photograph by Burton Brothers

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Don Neely, 'Cricket - Early history to 1894', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2022)

Story by Don Neely, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Apr 2016