Items From The Descendents Of George Murray Royle (Nottinghamshire 1871-1881)

George Royle was a highly respected and admired cricketer, named by Richard Daft in his book 'Kings of Cricket' as one of the best amateurs at the time to play for Nottinghamshire. However his first-class career was restricted by his work commitments as a director of Thomas Adams & Co., one of the two largest companies in the textile trade. Nottingham was renowned for its lace industry, Thomas Adams being a renowned philanthropist who was pioneering in ensuring the welfare of his workforce through the provision of schools, libraries, hospitals and churches.

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George Murray Royle. Nottinghamshire 1871-1881 (three matches). Two very early original scrapbook albums compiled by Royle, one titled 'C.C.C. From 1864', the other 'C.C.C. Scores from 1874'. 'C.C.C.' refers to the Nottinghamshire Commercial Cricket Club who played their home matches at Trent Bridge. The albums comprise press cuttings with Royle's own scores and references to Royle in match reports underlined by him in red ink, also handwritten scorecards and summaries of Royle's own batting performances and averages each year recorded in his own neat hand. The albums also provide a comprehensive record of first-class and club cricket for the period. Prominent Nottinghamshire players who appeared with Royle include Richard Daft, Alfred Shaw, notable for being the player who bowled the first ball in Test cricket, and George Summers, known for having died aged only 25 after being hit on the head while playing for Nottinghamshire against M.C.C. at Lord's. Opposition teams featured include prominent clubs of the area such as Newark, Leicester Town, Loughborough, Derby Town, Grantham etc and further afield, and features regular fixtures between teams from the textile industry, Lace XI v Hosiery XI, English v Foreign Lace Houses etc. The earliest report is for two matches played in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, in 1864, Sir Robert Clifton's Eleven Amateurs v Paris (the Paris team made up entirely of Englishmen!), both resulting in victories by an innings for Clifton's team, Royle scoring nought in the first match and 43 in the second. The most significant match of the 1868 season was the visit of the Australian Aboriginals who played the Nottingham Commercial Club at Trent Bridge, 3rd-5th August 1868. Royle opened the innings for Nottingham, scoring 10 out of a total of 91, in reply the Australians made 76. In the second innings, batting at number seven, Royle made 100 not out 'in a really grand manner' out of a total of 372, the match ending in a draw. Included are reports of Royle's first two of the three first-class matches he played for Nottinghamshire. His debut was v Gloucestershire in 1871 in which Royle scored 45 in the first innings in a ten wicket victory against the bowling of the three Grace brothers, W.G., E.M. and G.F., in which Royle's potential is described as 'of great service in the cricket field'. His second match v Surrey in 1871 was less successful (2 and 0). To the rear of the earlier album is a comprehensive collection of cuttings relating to County and representative cricket for the period, also a report of the arrival of the Australian Aboriginals in 1868, and the Australians' tour match against Nottinghamshire in 1882. A fascinating personal record of early Nottinghamshire club and county cricket and social history in general. Foxing and age toning, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: £500
Matches against the Australian Aboriginal team, playing under pseudonyms such as Dick-a-dick, Jimmy Mosquito, Cuzens, Red Cap, Twopenny etc, were notable not only for their cricketing skills, but also for their exhibitions of spear and boomerang throwing and other sports which drew much interest and entertainment
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Lot 588
George Murray Royle. Nottinghamshire 1871-1881 (three matches). Cricket ball with gilt inscription, 'This is the ball that was first used in international matches in Paris 1864'. The ball blackened with age, gilt inscription fading but legible, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £420
A team of amateurs from Nottingham, promoted by Sir Robert Clifton, a member of parliament for Nottingham, played two matches in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, in 1864. Designed to improve the 'entente cordiale' between England and France, the Paris team was actually made up of players with English names, some titled. Clifton's team won both matches convincingly, Royle scoring nought in the first match and 43 in the second
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Lot 589
George Murray Royle. Nottinghamshire 1871-1881 (three matches). Cricket ball with gilt inscription, 'Presented to G.M. Royle for getting [the] highest score 144 runs not out, Lace v Hosiery, July 6th 1878'. VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £170
The match ended in a draw with the Lace eleven scoring 316. Hosiery made 15 for 1 when time was called. Nottingham was renowned for its lace industry and frequent matches were played between the Lace XI and the Hosiery XI, Royle being a regular member of the Lace XI. Royle played only three first-class matches, his appearances restricted by his work commitments as a director of Thomas Adams & Co., one of the two largest companies in the Nottingham textile industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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