Bullingdon Green
A modern day view of where the ground was located
Ground information
LocationOxford, Oxfordshire
Coordinates51°44′30″N 1°12′09″W / 51.7417°N 1.2024°W / 51.7417; -1.2024
Establishmentc. 1764
Team information
Oxford University (1843)
As of 17 August 2010
Source: Ground profile

Bullingdon Green was a cricket ground south of Oxford, England. It was associated with the Bullingdon Club and was an important site in the early history of cricket in Oxford. The ground operated as a first-class cricket venue in 1843, hosting two first-class matches. It was subsequently built on in 1876 with the Cowley Barracks.


The "large open space" of Bullingdon Green formerly stood between Horspath and Cowley.[1] Cricket is recorded as being played at Bullingdon Green as early as 1764.[2] The ground was located 2 miles (3.2 km) from the centre of Oxford, with players and spectators alike reaching it by horseback, which was described by Thomas Case in Ranjitsinhji's 1897 Jubilee Book of Cricket.[3] The Bullingdon Club played minor matches at the ground at the beginning of the 19th century, however cricket at the ground was often secondary to dinners and equestrian pursuits. By the 1820s, it had developed a reputation for hosting unsupervised social gatherings, with R. W. Browne commenting that "the Magdalen [Club] was the only real University Cricket Club, as the Bullingdon was more of a fashionable lounge for those who could keep horses."[2] The distance from Oxford and a serious need to focus on cricket necessitated the requirement for a cricket ground closer to the city, with the establishment of the Magdalen Ground in 1829, which was leased to the Oxford University Cricket Club.[3]

Bullingdon Green would go on to host first-class cricket for Oxford University in 1843, due to flooding at the Magdalen Ground.[3] The first fixture which was moved to the ground was that seasons 'grand match' against the Marylebone Cricket Club, while the second was The University Match against Cambridge University.[4] Frederick Lillywhite was of the opinion that the turf at Bullingdon Green was the finest he had ever played on, even finer than the turf at his own ground in Brighton.[3] The ground remained in use until the 1870s, at which point the Cardwell Reforms which encouraged the localisation of British military forces were set in motion. In 1873, early inspections took place for the creation of a military centre on Bullingdon Green.[5] The location of the cricket ground was subsequently chosen for the construction of the Cowley Barracks,[3] which were completed in 1876.




  1. ^ Mary D. Lobel, ed. (1957). "Bullingdon hundred". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 5: Bullingdon hundred. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Davies, Mark. "An early history of cricket in Oxford". BBC Local. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e Ranjitsinhji, K. S. (2020) [1897]. The Jubilee Book of Cricket. Good Press. p. 316.
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Bullingdon Green, Oxford (2)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  5. ^ Military Centre. Oxfordshire Weekly News. 8 January 1873. pp. 1–2
  6. ^ a b "Cambridge University v Oxford University, 1843". Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Bullingdon Green, Oxford - Lowest Team Totals in first-class cricket". Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Bullingdon Green, Oxford - Seven Wickets in an Innings in first-class cricket". Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Bullingdon Green, Oxford - Most Wickets in a Match in first-class cricket". Retrieved 4 June 2022.

51°44′30″N 1°12′09″W / 51.7417°N 1.2024°W / 51.7417; -1.2024