The Cricket History of Calderdale and Kirklees

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This is an ongoing community project based at the University of Huddersfield. The aim is to reconstruct the history of cricket in Calderdale and Kirklees, to collect and collate cricketing items and reminiscences, and to present them back to local communities. Along the way we have been inspired by many different things. The list below will hopefully give you an insight into the nature of the project. It is the product of a variety of influences:

  • The philosophy of the HLF - our main funding body - and previous HLF-sponsored projects such as
  • Local cricket club officials like Tom Thorpe, groundsman at Copley CC, who visits his beloved Copley Lane ground every day of the year because, in his own words, 'it makes me feel better just looking at that field and that viaduct'.
  • Cricket club websites which offer a digitised overview of their club and their history - in particular,


  • Luncheon clubs such as Jim The Dog and cricket clubs like Arthington (Pool-in-Wharfedale) which are the epitome of sport at a grassroots level. As if to emphasise their passion and enthusiasm, Arthington CC stage their own 'October Cricket Festival'!

The original Heavy Woollen Cup
Chucker Peel in action



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