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First Test Match in England Hobbs Gates + first Test

Plaque: First Test Match in England

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This plaque honours the match played between England and Australia at The Oval from the 6th - 8th September 1880. The first test match on English soil. England won by five wickets. W G Grace scored 152, becoming England's first centurion.
Surrey County Cricket Club
D.R. London S.E.5

The "D.R. London S.E.5" is puzzling. The Oval is in the SE11 post code, not SE5. Possibly "D. R." is an organisation, based in SE5, that was involved in erecting this plaque, but we can't think which.

Site: Hobbs Gates + first Test (2 memorials)

SE11, Kennington Oval, Hobbs Gates

From British History Online: "During the war of 1939–45 the Oval suffered both from bombing and from neglect. It was used as a searchlight site and subsequently set out, though never used, as a prisoner-of-war camp. In 1945, after de-requisitioning, 40,000 turves from Gravesend were laid, and cricket was resumed at the beginning of the season of 1946."

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First cricket test match in England

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W. G. Grace

Cricketer and medical practitioner. Born William Gilbert Grace at Clematis Ho...

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Surrey County Cricket Club

One of eighteen first-class county cricket clubs in England and Wales. It rep...

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Hobbs Gates

See Alpha Rail for a close-up photo of these lovely Art Deco gates during the...

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