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H H Stephenson - A Cricketing Journey: Kennington Oval To Uppingham School
- By Roy Stephenson
Published by the author in 2009 - 7 Newtown Road Uppingham LE15 9TR with the support of Uppingham Local History Group
ISBN 978 0 9540076 6 9 - Available from local bookshopsPrice: £8.00
Heathfield Harman Stephenson was one of the great cricketers of the nineteenth century. Born
into a middle class background in Esher, Surrey, he rose to become a professional cricketer,
playing for both county and country.
He achieved the first recorded ‘hat trick’ in 1858, played in Ireland and North America with the
first England touring side of 1859, captained the first England team to tour Australia, and
played cricket for Surrey as a professional for eighteen years. In 1872 he moved to Uppingham
School to become cricket coach, a position he held until his death in 1896.
Stephenson’s namesake spent ten years researching this fine tribute to a great cricketer whose
achievements have been posthumously eclipsed by the reputations of other contemporaries
such as W G Grace. Supported by the Uppingham Local History Study Group of which the
author has long been a member, this well illustrated volume concentrates on Stephenson’s
cricketing life at home and abroad. However, it does more than adequately cover his latter life
at Uppingham as a coach and much respected elder of that then small community.
Well researched and nicely produced by Century Print of Corby, this publication has received
plaudits from the cricketing world; it also provides much of interest to the local reader who is
interested in one of the most neglected notable people which Rutland’s public schools have
brought to the county.