Cricket Pavilions by Lynn Pearson

Dean Park left a liking for pavilions from  the turn of the 20c and Lynn Pearson’s wonderfully illustrated book certainly does justice to those built around then. The Scarborough pavilion is nicely photographed through  deckchairs and there is an historic impression of the still cottage-esque Hove. The book had enough detail for this reader and also some pleasant surprises.

The major Test grounds get their share of attention, although as impressive as any bar Lord’s when built may be the gift from the Cadbury family to Bournville; still imposing now if in need of some care.

Of those from after WW1, Art Deco a rarity;  the  Manor Ground in Worthing: distinctive, stylish,  a ground big enough for two games but in an  expanse bounded by housing looking the other way.

A pavilion or at least a shed, every ground should have one… they don’t of course,  not even in leafy south-west London. Richmond Green one that doesn’t,  albeit it has the Cricketers pub.  Of those built in recent decades Wormsley with its thatched roof appears on the book’s front cover, and also inside,  where, intentionally or not, it is juxtaposed with the Old Trafford rebuild, plate-glass, and the streamlined Art Deco of the 21c? Maybe.

Will any  of any future £ windfalls come the way of supporting pavilions? No harm in hoping; there is a lot of heritage as Lynn Pearson’s book points out.  Leyton one instance of  partial renovation and cricket again, but there are many  others worth support .