Artillery Garden, Finsbury, Islington, Greater London. A cricket match in play at the Artillery Garden, Finsbury, with Armoury House beyond. The Artillery Garden, or Artillery Ground, is thought to be the oldest venue for archery in the world and is also London's oldest enclosed sports venue. The site has hosted archery since at least 1652 and cricket since at least 1725, though the ground's links to archery may date from the late 15th century
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print captures a timeless moment at the historic Artillery Garden in Finsbury, Islington. The image showcases a thrilling cricket match in full swing, with players engrossed in the game against the backdrop of Armoury House. As London's oldest enclosed sports venue, this ground holds immense significance and has witnessed sporting events for centuries. The Artillery Garden is not only renowned for its association with cricket but also holds the distinction of being considered the oldest archery venue globally. Its roots can be traced back to as early as 1652 when archery was first practiced here. However, it is believed that this site's connection to archery may even date back to the late 15th century. In this photograph, we witness a delightful contrast between traditional English sport and an urban setting. The lush green field serves as a perfect stage for these athletes clad in whites, showcasing their skills and passion for cricket. This image beautifully encapsulates both history and recreation. Preserved by Historic England, this print by Simon Inglis allows us to appreciate the rich heritage of Artillery Garden while highlighting its continued relevance today. It serves as a reminder of how sports have brought people together throughout generations and continue to do so in our modern world.
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