We are a small
village cricket club who play friendly matches every Sunday throughout
the summer, mainly at the club's ground in the village of Downe in
North West Kent.
Our ground is situated in Luxted Road, Downe, about 1/2 mile south of
the village centre going towards Biggin Hill, a short distance from Down
The cricket ground is in the grounds of Down House which is the former home of the English
naturalist Charles Darwin who lived there with his family for 40 years. During his time
there he wrote his famous book "On The Origin Of Species".
The earliest known record of cricket being played there is a newspaper report of a
match in 1865 "played at Down House Paddock by kind permission of Chas. Darwin Esq.,
between eleven gentlemen of Downe, and eleven gentlemen of Farnborough"
When not busy working, Charles Darwin mentions "billiards and occasional cricket"
as his recreational interests. Considering that he owned the ground there is little
doubt that on occasions he must have played there.
RIP TOM PENFOLD
Sad news is that our President, Tom Penfold, passed away early Wednesday morning after a few weeks in hospital.
Tom was a loyal and much loved member of the cricket club and had been the President for the last 20 years.
He joined the club over 50 years ago and has held many positions, including Captain, Vice Captain, and
Our sympathies to his family and many friends. He will be sadly missed.
For those of you who want to buy new clothing (shirts, pullovers, hats etc.) bearing the Downe logo,
I have put a link to the online shop at the bottom of this page.
DOWNE VILLAGE WEBSITE
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM