THE CRADLE OF CRICKET
Home of the 18th Century Hambledon Club
Broadhalfpenny Down (pronounced brawd-HAYP-nee) is a beautiful cricket ground in Hampshire, opposite the Bat & Ball Inn.
The Hambledon Club, formed in around 1750, was the first proper cricket club. It was acknowledged as the authority responsible for the development of new techniques and the laws of cricket. Their changes in the laws and techniques transformed cricket from an occasional country pastime to a national sport, which became an international sport in the following century.
The upkeep of the ground is now looked after by the Broadhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust, a charity whose aims also include widening access to play on the ground including mens, womens, junior and disability cricket, as well as educating the public on the history of the ground and it's importance in cricket.
Broadhalfpenny Brigands Cricket Club plays on the ground between April and September. Cricket is played in a jovial spirit, typically in a traditional time-format rather than limited overs.
Opponents are a mix of local clubs and wandering sides and the Club especially welcomes enquiries from overseas touring teams wanting to play at Broadhalfpenny Down.
A warm welcome is given to visiting teams and spectators from far and wide who appreciate the ground's unique place in the history of cricket.
250 years of first class cricket
2022 will mark the 250th Anniversary of the first recognised First Class cricket match, which was played at Broadhalfpenny Down, Hambledon, Hampshire. It was a 3 day game on 23-25 June 1772 between a Hambledon XII, consisting of the finest players in Hampshire, against an ‘All England XII’ consisting of the finest players from Middlesex, Surrey and Kent. The prize was 500 Guineas.
During the 2022 season there will be a series of events to mark this important Anniversary and if you would like to get involved or support Boradhalfpenny Down in any way please get in touch via the Contact Form.
Hire Broadhalfpenny Down
Enjoy spending time with your family in this historic location full of nostalgia. Broadhalfpenny Down is situated in the heart of the Hampshire countryside yet only an hour and a half from London. The pavilion is a stunning building offering panoramic views with steps rising onto the balcony where watching the sunset and varied wildlife with a glass of wine in hand is truly amazing! It is an ideal venue for friends and family wishing to get together for special occasions or a wedding, and the atmosphere inside the pavilion is intimate yet spacious.