Hotel digs out Ashes history

Anthony Fretwell-Downing with the photo of the Australian Ashes squad of 1938.
Anthony Fretwell-Downing with the photo of the Australian Ashes squad of 1938.
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A Peak District hotel is preparing for this summer’s Ashes battles by dusting off memorabilia which celebrate its own special cricketing heritage.

This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the 1938 Australian Ashes squad – including legendary batsman Don Bradman – staying at The Maynard in Grindleford.

It wasn’t just a one-night stand either – the men in the Baggy Greens used the hotel as their base for their northern tests at Old Trafford and Headingley.

To mark the occasion a collection of cricketing photos from the era have been rescued from the attic.

Owner Anthony Fretwell-Downing said: “The heritage we have here is amazing, as is evidenced by these old photos.

“The Bradman 1938 team wasn’t the only team to stay at The Maynard, far from it. We had South Africa staying here and many other touring cricket sides.”