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MEMORY LANE: Can you shed light on Riddlesworth Cricket Club’s 1907 team?

Riddlesworth Cricket Club, circa 1907.
Riddlesworth Cricket Club, circa 1907.

Can you help shed light on the stories behind this team photograph of Riddlesworth Cricket Club, dating back more than a century?

Submitted by reader Peter Atkinson, of Palgrave, the picture depicts members of the club circa 1907, with the only person identified so far being umpire Arthur Boggis, Mr Atkinson’s grandfather (front row, far left).

Mr Boggis, who worked as a blacksmith in Market Weston around this time, had been regularly umpiring cricket matches at a number of local clubs for several years and had earned a reputation for his effective officiating, even touring with one of the clubs as far as Derbyshire.

“He was quite a character as well. He was often singing ballads and his daughter played the piano. The whole family were very musical - it was quite a family affair,” said Mr Atkinson.

Mr Boggis’ trade eventually took him to Roydon, where the Boggis name became well-known through the Louie’s Lane-based organ building business W & A Boggis.

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