Project aims to chart Raby Castle CC's past
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
VISITORS to Raby Castle’s picturesque ground will be given an insight into the history of the cricket club.
Raby Castle CC secretary Stephen Caygill has been using lockdown to research the club’s past – and he is keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help.
Mr Caygill said the aim of the project was to put some “story boards” on the walls of the pavilion and possibly publish a pamphlet.
“The Teesdale Mercury Archive has been a brilliant resource offering a fascinating insight into the past to piece together the origins of the club and Peter Jackson has been helpful,” said Mr Caygill.
“It’s Incredible when you read of cricket teams at Rokeby, Barningham, Kinninvie, Cotherstone, Eggleston Gainford etc that were in existence before Staindrop/Raby.”
The first he first recorded cricket match played in County Durham was staged in the grounds of the castle on August 5, 1751, between the Earl of Northumberland’s team and the Duke of Cleveland’s XI.
“Staindrop Cricket club was formed in April 1861 and I believe had morphed into Raby Castle Cricket Club by the 1890s,” said Mr Caygill.
“I have some photos from the early 1900s but would appreciate if anyone with photos or any information about can get in touch.
“I’m obviously looking for stuff from the 1800s to the 1960s and beyond if its unique or interesting – such as the nine bales of hay collected by Eric Simpson from the ground during the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic.”
If anyone can help with the history of Raby Castle CC, contact Mr Caygill by email: email@example.com.