Thursday, 26 December 2013

How The Ashes Began At Sunbury Rupertswood Mansion

Birthplace of the Ashes

Sunbury is the site where a tiny terracotta urn, believed to be a perfume bottle bought by Lady Janet Clarke at an Egyptian bazaar, was presented to Ivo Bligh, the captain of the English touring team of 1882-83.

Although the date of the presentation is not confirmed, it is generally thought the urn was presented at Christmas in 1882 after a game at the mansion.
On 29 August 1882, at the Oval, the England cricket team was beaten for the first time in a home Test match by Australia. The series defeat shocked the sporting world at the time and six days later, on 2nd September The Sporting Times newspaper published a famous joke death notice of English cricket. The newspaper said the body of English cricket would be cremated and the ashes sent to Australia.

When England next toured Australia those ashes became real - a pair of bails were burned and the ashes put into the now-famous urn. The England cricket team toured Australia during the winter of 1882, and after it had won two out of three Tests its captain was presented with an urn containing the ashes. Since then, The Ashes is the trophy England and Australia play for in Test match cricket. The winning players are given a replica to celebrate with. The real trophy is kept in the Lord's Cricket Ground museum because the Poms claim that it is far too fragile to transport.

Rupertswood Mansion

“Rupertswood” is one of Australia’s most important mansions, both historically and architecturally. Built as a residence for Sir William John Clarke, (first Australian born Baronet), in 1874-76 it became a power seat in the great English tradition. The property covered an area of 31,000 acres. Today the estate has been reduced to 1,100 acres. “Rupertswood” is a 50room mansion built in the Italianate style, surmounted by a 100 foot tower. The grand entrance is paved with Victorian tessellated tiles and there are six magnificent stained glass panels made by Urie and Fergeson in 1874-76, considered some of the finest examples in the world. Find out more about Rupertswood Mansion.

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