The Brit Oval
The Oval is home to Surrey Cricket Club – Middlesex’s biggest rival and the venue and birthplace of the Ashes (although they are always kept at Lords). As the story goes, England lost the Test Match to Australia on native soil in 1882, and The Sporting Times published a mock obituary to English cricket. When England won the Test in Australia, the English captain was presented with an urn of ashes. The ground is called the Oval after an oval road was laid round a cabbage
patch in the 1790s, which was re-turfed as a cricket ground in 1845. Tours available by arrangement.