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Shaw and Shrewsbury Sports Co

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of 4 Queen's Bridge Road, Nottingham. Telephone: Nottingham 8155. Cables: "Athletic, Nottingham"

  • Alfred Shaw (1842 – 1907) was an eminent Victorian cricketer. He made two trips to North America and four to Australia, captaining the English cricket team in four Test matches on the all-professional tour of Australia in 1881/82. He was also, along with James Lillywhite and Arthur Shrewsbury, co-promoter of the tour.
  • Arthur Shrewsbury (1856 – 1903) was an English cricketer who was widely rated as competing with W. G. Grace for the accolade of being the best batsman of the 1880s.
  • 1879 During the tour of North America, Shrewsbury along with Alfred Shaw, finalised plans to start a business. The Midland Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Football and General Athletic Sports Depot in Carrington Street, Nottingham .
  • Following the profitable tour of 1881/2 they opened a factory under the name Gresham Works situated in Waterway Street and in the spring of 1884 the name of the firm was changed from The Midland Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Football and General Athletic Sports Depot to Shaw and Shrewsbury.
  • 1886 Their trademark of a kangaroo and emu with a cricket bat between them was introduced.
  • Following the financial losses made during the tour of Australia in 1887/8 the firm downsized from the two buildings into a single building in Queen's Bridge Road.
  • After Shrewsbury's death his share in the firm was split between his brother, William, and four of his nephews.
  • 1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of "Britain's Best" Cricket Bats. (Stand No. B.33) [1]
  • 1939 The firm was closed, with it's assets being bought by Grays of Cambridge.


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