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Tom Sherman, the fastest bowler of his time

Cricketer who made 82 appearances in first class matches in the 19th century.

Born in Mitcham on 1st December 1825, his father James Sherman was also a cricketer. He died 10th October 1911.

A letter dated 30th November was published in the The Sportsman of Thursday 1st December 1904:



I thought it would be of interest for you and others interested in cricket to know that Mr Tom Sherman attains his seventy-ninth birthday to-morrow. He is the oldest Surrey cricketer, and has the unique distinction of having played continuously for fifty years. His health haring quite failed him, and circumstances for this reason being anything but comfortable, I would be glad if something might be done to make his position a little more comfortable during the winter months. I feel quite sure that some of the older generation who knew him in his famous bowling days would willingly help him if they knew his position.

— Yours, etc.,
Arthur B. Wilkinson.
Lower Green,
Mitcham, November 30.

Source: The British Newspaper Archive

His obituary was reported in the Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette of Saturday 14th October 1911.


A Famous Surrey Cricketer.

The Inquest.

The death of Tom Sherman, of Mitcham, who succumbed at Croydon Hospital, Tuesday, after breaking his leg at Mitcham, leaves William Caffyn the only survivor of a great band of professional cricketers who were in their prime nearly sixty years ago.

In “Scores and Biographies,” Sherman, who was born 1827, is described the as the fastest bowler of his time, and himself recalled the fact that in one of Surrey matches against Yorkshire at Sheffield he broke stump into five pieces. For this feat an admirer gave him a case of razors.

For the greater part of his long life, says “Unknown” in the “Morning Leader,” he lived at Mitcham, one of the famous nurseries of the game, and it was on the village common nine years ago that I last saw Sherman, on the occasion of his annual benefit. It may the vanity of old age to compare the present with the past to the disadvantage of the former, but I remember the wrinkled veteran as very emphatic in expressing an opinion that the bowling in his time was a great deal faster than that of modern days. In the matter of physical power, he believed that Alfred Mynn and himself were considerably ahead of latter-day bowlers when it came to question of pace. “This right knee,” he said, ” was put out as result of a scorching ball from Mynn. and it has never been right since.”

Sherman played for Surrey during eleven or twelve seasons with Julius Caesar, Caffyn, Lockyer, Martingell, and Mortlock. Sherman never bowled against Dr. W. G. Grace, but the man for whom he had the greatest respect as a bat was Fuller Pilch. Sherman dropped out of county cricket when his county were at their best, taking scarcely any part in the great things achieved by the Surrey team under Mr. F. P. Miller, who led the side to victory against All England in 1861. Appearing at Lords in 1846, Sherman met with most success in season the of 1850 and 1851, taking 99 wickets in the course of ten matches during two years. This was before bowling analyses were taken. Described as one of the fastest round-arm bowlers, he earned fame as a contemporary of Alfred Mynn, Fuller Pilch, George Parr, William Caffyn, Felix, and Martingeil. Two months older than Caffyn, Sherman was the oldest professional cricketer living.

Caxton Printing Works

12 Cricket Green, modern building now rented offices called ‘The Old School House’.

Identified on 1953 OS map as Caxton Printing Works.

From the minutes of the Mitcham Borough Council
Volume 1
1934 to 1935
General Purpose
14th May 1935
page 602


—The Town Clerk reported that the occupants of the upper floors over the Caxton Printing Works, at Lower Green West, had vacated these premises, and that Mr. H. G. Mather was prepared to let these premises to the Council for living accommodation for firemen should the Council deem them suitable for this purpose. The Town Clerk reported he had ascertained that the inclusive rent required, on a three years’ agreement, would be 30s. per week, the Council being responsible for interior repairs and decoration.

Resolved, That the Council be recommended to rent these premises and that the Borough Engineer be requested to report to the Finance Committee thereon.

Mentioned in an auction of 1889, implying that it was owned by a Mrs Field.

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 25 June 1898


By order of the Executors of the late Mrs. Field.

—Secure Leasehold Investment.

ROBT. W. PULLER, MOON & FULLER Have received instructions Sell by Auction. at the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon, on Tuesday, June 30th, at Five for Six o’clock.

ALL that LEASEHOLD PROPERTY, comprising a Shop and Dwelling-house, known as the Caxton Printing Works, Lower Green, Mitcham, let on lease at £40 per annum, and two Dwelling houses adjoining, distinguished as Caxton Cottages, one let at 7s. per week, the other let at 6s. 6d. per week. The whole thus producing £75 2s. per annum, and forming a desirable investment.

May be viewed permission of the tenants, and printed particulars with conditions sale obtained at the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon; of the Vendor’s Solicitors, Messrs. Streeter and Howe. 76, High Street. Croydon; and at the Auctioneers’ Offices, Croydon, Reigate. and Epsom.

Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.