Major W W Grantham
Major W W Grantham breathed new life into stoolball after World War One, even taking the sport to Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Paul Nixon has produced a biography of Major Grantham, including his contribution to stoolball, as part of his research in to the history of Chailey during the First World War.
Published in 1919, ‘Stoolball Illustrated And How To Play It’ by Major W W Grantham is both a fascinating primary source from the time of stoolball’s revival after the First World War, and also a good summary of this history of the sport.
Grantham commissioned stoolball bats as he travelled the world on cruise ships. John Price, Stoolball England Chairman, spent five years spent tracking them down before, in summer 2007, they were found in the Sussex hamlet of Town Littleworth, very near the Grantham ancestral home of Balneath Manor.