Tuesday 25 July 2017

The History of the Oval, Kennington

Based in Kennington, within the London borough of Lambeth, the Oval hosted its first cricket Test Match between England and Australia in 1880. The venue is well known as the home of the Ashes, with the first Ashes match taking place in 1882. On Thursday the 100th match will be held at the venue.

The Oval, home to Surrey County Cricket Club, was built on part of the former Kennington Common, where cricket matches were played throughout the early 18th Century.

In 1835 the site of the Oval was a market garden owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and leased to Rev. William Otter. However, by 1836 Otter wanted to change the terms of the lease. He died before an agreement was made with the Duchy but in 1845, the Duchy agreed to lease the site to William Houghton of Brixton Hill, President of the Montpelier Club, for a cricket ground. The Montpelier Club declined, but the Surrey Club, who shared the venue, grew in strength and eventually became the sole leaseholder of the site.

The Pavilion

A pavilion was built for the Oval in 1858, before being replaced with the current pavilion, designed by Thomas Muirhead, in 1895-1897. This has since been restored in 2013, with a new front gate being installed. The Victorian building has a number of sash windows, with a mixture of six over one, six over six and three over three box sash windows.

The Gasometer

The Victorian gasometer, which is located next to the Oval, was built in 1847. The iron structure was the largest gasholder in the world when it was built. The building is now Grade II listed.

Timber Windows near the Oval

Kennington is home to a large variety of styles of timber sash windows, including Victorian sash bay windows, six over six box sash windows and curved sash windows.

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The Oval Kennington London
Above image by Spudgun67, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Image has been cropped.