The Antelope Ground was situated on the east side of St Mary’s Road north of Charlotte Place and extended to Brinton’s Terrace. Originally called the Glebe Cricket Ground, it was renamed possibly because of its association with the Antelope Hotel, which stood opposite. This association was initially through Daniel Day, the landlord of the hotel from 1842 to 1844. It was Day, a keen fast bowler, who first leased the ground and established it as the headquarters of cricket in Hampshire, which it remained for the next 40 years. Hampshire County Cricket Club was founded at the Antelope Hotel in 1863 and continued to use the Antelope Ground until 1884 when it moved to the Northlands Road site. The ground was then taken over by St Mary’s Football Club (forerunners of Southampton F. C.) until 1897, when they moved to their new ground at the Dell. The western sections of Graham Road and Clovely Road now occupy the site.

Antelope Cricket Ground

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A section of a mid-19th century Ordnance Survey map showing the Antelope Cricket Ground near Charlotte Place


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Further reading:
Hampshire County Cricket Club, by Neil Jenkinson et al, p9-13. (H/r)
Roadshow: Newtown and Nicholstown, by Jean Cook, VI p1-3) (HS/h)
‘Cricket and Southampton’, by J. E.Dengate in Southampton Local History Forum Journal, no3, p4-8) (HS/h)


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