Historic silver tankard found at the internet
Posted by Jonathan M. McCoy on 4th September 2020

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William Allen Hart, who was part of the membership all through a golden era at the stop of the nineteenth Century, acquired the inscribed pint mug from his team friends as a marriage gift in 1899.

It becomes at a time when “Slogger” Hart’s playing days had been attaining a stop, and as the widower changed into marrying for the second time on the age of forty-six Do Enjoy Life.

The tough hitting tonker, who farmed at Edwardstone, became a part of the membership committee that noticed it increases its gift ground in 1892. His matches for the club covered furniture with the MCC.

An investigation into his records has been sparked with the aid of reports that online £forty five bids had been being hunted for a replica of the club’s 200th anniversary history e book, written in 1987.

Louis Brooks, membership chairman, defined: “We were absolutely greatly surprised when the tankard got here up on-line for £500. It changed into being offered with the aid of a dealer, who offered it these days at a Suffolk auction.”

He said 3 individuals of the club had positioned up money to shop for the tankard, which he was hoping could be used as a trophy for people making unique efforts to assist the club.

Mr Brooks said that at a club dinner in 1936, Hart become remembered in a speech via then president, Frank Nott. He defined the overdue farmer as the satisfactory “slogger” he had ever seen.

The 19th Century cricketer’s father, Jeremiah Kerr Hart, became born in Edwardstone in 1815. He became an Inland revenue officer. He married at South Shields in 1842, and among his six kids became William Allen Hart, who was born in Kilmarnock in 1853.

In his early 20s, William Allen Hart and his younger brother Henry moved to work with their second cousin William Hart, at 160-acre The Willows, Edwardstone.

William died in 1874 and, although he had a daughter, the cricketer took over the running of the farm. Henry also farmed at Boxford, and ultimately died in 1938, aged 84.



William Allen Hart married Elizabeth Mary Machin in 1881, however she died in 1892, while having their first baby. The offspring died inside a quick time.

In 1899, Hart married Edith Parsons, of the Firs, Boxford, who became 20 years his junior. The couple have been married in London, whilst the certificates stated he became living in Marylebone.

That they had a daughter Eileen, who became thirteen whilst her father died, elderly sixty-three, in 1916. His final cope with changed into given as Boser residence Farm, Boxford.

In 1924, daughter Eileen (1903-1991) married Arthur Ronald Byham (1904-1955), and at one time they have been living in Chilton.

Their son Ronald Roy Byham (1925-2004), a using instructor, married Sylvia (nee Parker) in 1950, and he or she became a district councillor and mayor of Sudbury, demise remaining year.

One among her sons, David Byham, a super grandson of the cricketer, lives locally at lengthy Melford. He stated: “I was conscious there have been distant spouse and children by way of the name of Hart, however had now not formerly heard of the cricket connection.”