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Letter: Guildford Is Apathetic About Its History

Published on: 18 Mar, 2022
Updated on: 18 Mar, 2022

From: David Frith

Founding editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly

In response to: Guildford Museum Must Rediscover Its Old Magic

Guildford is notoriously apathetic about its own fascinating history – not least as historically the leading locality in cricket’s early development.

My book Guildford’s Cricket Story, while being stocked at the museum and Guildford Cricket Club, was rejected by the Tourist Information Centre in the town.

Further, the museum allowed a gem of cricket history – the 15th-century court record containing the earliest written reference of the national game – cricket or “creckett” – to be removed from the Guildford Muniments Room and taken to the Surrey History Centre miles away in Woking.

The council ignored a plea to publicise the book, which surely brought pride to the town.

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Responses to Letter: Guildford Is Apathetic About Its History

  1. John Schluter Reply

    March 19, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    I totally agree with David Frith though I may be a tad biased.

  2. Rosie Taylor Reply

    March 25, 2022 at 11:14 am

    I found this article in a Canadian paper on our dreadful lack of regard for history: British Second World War Memorial to Canadians Threatened by Development Say Activists.

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