London – Kensington and Chelsea (Borough of) – Brompton Cemetery (John Wisden)

This is the grave at Brompton Cemetery of John Wisden (1826-1884) who was a world class cricketer, but is perhaps best known for Wisden’s Almanack. The headstone was changed in 1984 to reflect his cricketing life and who some said was arguably the best all-rounder of his day.

I find this photograph slightly amazing, as it looks quite recent in terms of its quality, but it dates to 1859 when the English team were touring North America. Wisden is in the centre row, the person sitting down on the left-hand side. Their tour caused much interest, but unfortunately the American Civil War prevented any return matches and during that time baseball rather took over as a national sport.