The History of Lord’s

Follow Father Time on a journey through Lord’s History

1787
1788
1805
1806
1809
1811
1813
1814
1824
1825
1826
1827
1835
1839
1842
1848
1859
1864
1866
1867
1868
1869
1877
1881
1884
1887
1890
1891
1899
1901
1906
1923
1926
1926
1930
1934
1934
1935
1953
1953
1958
1963
1967
1968
1972
1975
1976
1977
1979
1980
1983
1987
1990
1991
1993
1995
1996
1998
1999
1999
1999
2000
2003
2004
2009
2009
2012
2014
2015
2017
2017
2019
2019

1787

1787

Thomas Lord’s opens his first cricket ground on Dorset Fields as Marylebone Cricket Club is founded

1788

1788

MCC issues its first code of Laws

1805

The first Eton v Harrow match takes place at Lord’s

1806

1806

The first Gentlemen v Players match takes place at Lord’s

1809

1809

Lord opens his second ground at North Bank, two Lord’s grounds are now in operation with the second leased to St John’s Wood CC

1811

Lord’s first ground closes and Lord moves the turf, and all the equipment, to North Bank

1813

Parliament alters the planned route of the Regent’s Canal leading it straight through Lord’s second ground

1814

1814

The third Lord’s Ground opens on its current site

1824

1824

William Ward purchases the lease of Lord’s from Thomas Lord for £5,400 after Lord is granted permission to build houses on the site

1825

The original Pavilion is destroyed in a fire

1826

The second Pavilion is finished in time for the Anniversary Dinner on 11th May

1827

1827

The first Oxford v Cambridge match takes place at Lord’s

1835

William Ward sells the lease of Lord’s to James Dark for £2,000 plus an annuity of £425

1839

1839

The first tennis court built on the site of the present Mound Stand

1842

1842

A running track is installed around the perimeter of the Ground

1848

1848

Lillywhite’s printing tent erected on ground for each major match

1859

The freehold of Lord’s is sold by the Eyre Estate to Isaac Moses for £7,000. MCC declines to bid.

1864

1864

The purchase of a lawn mower removes necessity to keep sheep! The Ground is then levelled and re-turfed

1866

MCC purchases the freehold of Lord’s from Isaac Marsden (formerly Moses) for £18,333 6s, 8d thanks to money advanced by William Nicholson

1867

The first Grand Stand is finished in May,while the old public house is pulled down

1868

1868

The Lord’s Hotel (later known as the Tavern) is completed

1869

Purchase of Guy’s Garden extends footprint of Ground

1877

1877

Middlesex CCC take up residence at Lord’s

1881

Luncheon Rooms are built to the west side of the Hotel yard on the site of the old Armoury

1884

1884

Lord’s hosts its first ‘Test’ match with England beating Australia by an innings and 5 runs

1887

Purchase of Henderson’s Nursery

1890

1890

Thomas Verity’s new Pavilion is opened

1891

Purchase of Clergy Orphan School from Manchester & Sheffield Railway in exchange for the right to tunnel under the practice ground

1899

Tennis court demolished, together with nos. 43 and 45 St John’s Wood Road, making room fro the Mound Stand to be constructed

1901

New tennis and racquets court built on site of No.3 Grove End Rd.

1906

1906

A Bowler’s Pavilion rebuilt on the north side of the Pavilion

1923

1923

Completion of the Grace Gates

1926

1926

Sir Herbert Baker’s new Grand Stand is built

1926

1926

The Father Time weathervane comes to Lord’s.

1930

1930

Don Bradman makes 254 for Australia against England, an innings he would always consider his best

1934

1934

The Harris Garden is laid out on former lawn tennis court

1934

1934

Hedley Verity takes 14 wickets in a day for England against Australia

1935

Completion of the Q Stand (later renamed the Allen Stand in 1989)

1953

1953

Imperial Memorial Gallery (now MCC Museum) opened in the converted racquets court

1953

1953

The Coronation Garden is laid out

1958

1958

Completion of the Warner Stand

1963

1963

Sussex beat Warwickshire to win the first Gillette Cup Final

1967

1967

The New Tavern pub is completed

1968

1968

The Tavern Stand is completed

1972

Lord’s hosts its first One Day International with Australia beating England by 5 wickets

1975

West Indies win the first men’s World Cup Final, beating Australia by 17 runs

1976

Lord’s hosts its first women’s One Day International with England beating Australia by 8 wickets

1977

Construction of the first indoor cricket school is completed

1979

1979

West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win the second World Cup Final

1980

1980

Lord’s hosts the Centenary Test between England and Australia

1983

1983

India beat West Indies by 43 runs to win the third World Cup Final

1987

The new Mound Stand is completed

1990

1990

Graham Gooch scores 333 and 123 in a Test match against India

1991

1991

The Compton and Edrich Stands are completed

1993

1993

England beat New Zealand by 67 runs to win the Women’s World Cup Final

1995

1995

The ew Indoor cricket school (now MCC Cricket Academy) is completed

1996

1996

Father Time is moved to top of the Mound Stand clock tower following the demolition of the old Grand Stand.

1998

1998

The new Grand Stand is completed

1999

1999

The revolutionary Media Centre is completed

1999

1999

The Nursery Pavilion is constructed

1999

1999

Australia beat Pakistan by 8 wickets to win the World Cup Final

2000

2000

England beat West Indies in the 100th Test at Lord’s

2003

2003

Graeme Smith scores 259 for South Africa, the highest Test innings by a visiting batsman at Lord’s

2004

2004

Middlesex and Surrey contest the first Twenty20 match at Lord’s

2009

2009

Permanent floodlights are installed

2009

2009

Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 Final

2012

2012

Lord’s hosts the Olympic Archery tournament

2014

2014

Lord’s celebrates its Bicentenary with men’s and women’s MCC v Rest of the World matches

2015

2015

Ben Stokes scores the fastest Test century at Lord's

2017

2017

The new Warner Stand is completed

2017

2017

England defeat India by 9 runs to win the ICC Women’s World Cup Final

2019

Ireland to play a Test match at Lord’s for the first time

2019

2019

Lord’s is set to host its fifth men’s World Cup Final