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 part of the land belonging to Down House currently
owned by English Heritage, a previous owner being Charles Darwin, who lived
there for 40 years whilst writing his famous book "On The Origin Of Species".
The club dates back many years, to at least Darwin's time - the earliest
known report of cricket being played there is in 1865. It is of a match
"played at Down House Paddock by kind permission of Chas. Darwin
Esq., between eleven gentlemen of Downe, and eleven gentlemen of
Charles Darwin lived there for 40 years until his death in 1882, and
when not busy working, mentions "billiards and occasional cricket"
as his recreational interests. Considering he owned the ground there is
little doubt that on some occasions he must have played for the club.
Averages and records for the year are now up and running - minus 1 match which I haven't got
the score sheet for.
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