Clarence Park (St Albans)

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Clarence Park
Full name Clarence Park
Location St Albans
Owner City of St Albans
Capacity 5,007 (667 seated)
Construction
Built 1893-1894
Opened 23 July 1894
Tenants
St Albans City F.C. (semi-professional football club) (1908-present)

Clarence Park is a Victorian park used for sports and leisure in St Albans, England. It is still largely in its original form and has a rich variety of trees and planting. It is close to St Albans City railway station.

Overview

The park was laid out in early 1894, and comprises a 16-acre (65,000 m2) municipal sports ground and a 9-acre (36,000 m2) public park and pleasure ground. The benefactor, Sir John Maple, the owner of Maple's furniture store in Tottenham Court Road and who lived at nearby Childwickbury, donated the land and paid for the laying out, the planting and the construction of the buildings; the layout of the park itself was designed by the City Surveyor, Mr G. Ford. A striking water fountain, which can still be seen today, was donated by Lady Maple.

The park was opened on 23 July 1894 by the Duke of Cambridge, a member of the Royal family, and the event was accompanied by great celebrations in the city of St Albans.

The sports ground hosts cricket, hockey, bowls and croquet and is also the home of St Albans City Football Club.

The public park includes large grass areas used for sun bathing and games during summer, a bandstand, a children's play-park and a café. The public park is also used as the site of some of the human "Peopletown" skits on Disney Channel's preschool series Bunnytown.

Cricket ground

Cricket pavilion at Clarence Park

Next to the football ground is a cricket ground. The first recorded match played on the cricket ground came in 1875, when Hertfordshire played Somerset.[1] The first Minor Counties Championship match played on the ground came in 1895 when Hertfordshire played Bedfordshire. From 1895 to 1997, the ground hosted 84 Minor Counties Championship matches[2] and 2 MCCA Knockout Trophy matches.[3]

The cricket ground has played host to 2 List-A matches, he first of which came in the 1984 NatWest Trophy between Hertfordshire and Somerset. The second and final List-A match played on the ground came in the 1990 NatWest Trophy between Hertfordshire and Warwickshire.[4]

The ground also hosted a single match in the 1973 Women's Cricket World Cup, which was contested between New Zealand women and Trinidad and Tobago women.[5] In local domestic cricket, the ground is the home of St Albans Cricket Club[6] who play in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division 2A.

References

  1. ^ Other matches played on Clarence Park
  2. ^ Minor Counties Championship Matches played on Clarence Park
  3. ^ Minor Counties Trophy Matches played on Clarence Park
  4. ^ List A Matches played on Clarence Park
  5. ^ Women's One-Day International Matches played on Clarence Park
  6. ^ St Albans Cricket Club

External links

  • City and District of St Albans guide to the park


Coordinates: 51°45′11″N 0°19′26″W / 51.753°N 0.324°W / 51.753; -0.324

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