Test Match at the Oval

Illustration to download showing the Oval in 1880. This famous cricket ground dates back to the 1790s when an oval road was laid around what was originally a market garden. One of the Grade II listed Victorian gasometers is still standing, and has been a part of the vista since 1847. In the illustration England are battling in a Test Match against Australia (the first was held in 1877). A crowd of 25,000 enjoyed the spectacle of W G Grace displaying his incredible batting skills and remaining at the crease for four hours. England turned out the winners.