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Who was Thomas Lord?

The Thomas Lord is named after the founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Thomas (born 23 November 1755, died 13 January 1832) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1787 to 1802.

He made a brief comeback, playing in one further match in 1815. Overall, Lord made 90 known appearances in first-class cricket. He was mostly associated with Middlesex as a bowler.

At the request of two members of the aristocracy he developed a new ground for their cricket club, The White Conduit Club, which later became the MCC, eventually based at the ground which still today bears Lord’s name.

Thomas found a charming spot when he retired to our picturesque village of West Meon back in 1830.

Nowadays, his exploits are honoured by The Thomas Lord pub, just a few steps away from the churchyard in which he lies buried.