160th Anniversary Celebrated in Style

The Bluemantle Pursuivant hosted Bluemantle cricketers past and present at the 160th anniversary of the Club at a drinks reception on 11th April 2022. The event took place on at the College of Arms in the shadow of St. Pauls, and marked a momentous occasion in the history of the Bluemantle’s CC. Mark Scott, Bluemantle Pursuivant, gave a gracious and amusing welcome speech to all present, and then introduced the Club’s President, Nigel Wheeler to say a few words. The President regaled us with an animated history of the Bluemantle’s CC since 1862, and whilst lamenting that much of theRead more…

History of The Nevill Ground

These are some edited extracts from the two volumes of Tunbridge Wells in Old Photographs on the two cricket grounds, which give the date of foundation of the Bluemantles, its relationship to the other cricket clubs in town, and the point at which it transferred from the Common to the Nevill Ground. Cricket has been played on the Higher Cricket Ground on Tunbridge Wells Common since the mid-18th century. From 1845 until 1880 County matches were played here, but these ceased due to the poor condition of the pitch which was regularly trampled by the public and grazing animals. CountyRead more…

Bluemantles Centenery 1962

Remembering Bluemantle’s Centenary – 1962

This is the team which played in the Bluemantle’s centenary match against The Duke of Norfolk’s XI at Arundel in 1962. And below are some words from the centenary dinner, held in London that year. vs Duke of Norfolk XI Arundel 1962

Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones Memoirs

The pages shown here are extracts of the former Bluemantle Pursuivant, Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones, and tell with amusement how he favoured The Bluemantle’s over MCC… Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones. Former Bluemantle Pursuivant (click each for a larger version) Kindly supplied by the current Bluemantle Pursuivant, Mark Scott.

The plaque on the side of the Bluemantle Stand, at the Nevill Ground Tunbridge Wells, gives a good history of the Club: