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History of Longwood Cricket Club & Directions

Longwood History





Longwood Cricket Club was founded in 1877. The Club grounds were located in the Longwood district of Boston on land donated by the Sears family. Enthusiastic cricketers made Longwood a leading cricket club, and matches were played with elevens from major clubs in the country, Canada and England.

Lawn tennis was introduced at Longwood by James Dwight and Richard D. Sears a few years after the invention of the game in 1885. Ike Chambers laid out Longwood's first permanent lawn tennis court and interest began to grow rapidly. It gradually replaced cricket as the Clubs main activity. By 1890, Longwood had become the tennis center of the country. The Eastern Doubles, initiated in that year, was the leading doubles tournament and it became the basis for awarding the holding of the National Doubles Championship at Longwood beginning in 1917. In 1968 the National Singles as well as the National Doubles were played at Longwood. The United States Professional Tennis Championships have been played at Longwood since 1964.

The Longwood Bowl Tournament, originated in 1891, was also a prominent grass court tournament. In later years, three other trophies were donated and put into competition at Longwood by famous members - The Davis Cup, the Wightman Cup, and the Sears Cup.

In 1911 Longwood purchased land in Newton and Brookline and later built the present clubhouse on Hammond Street. After eight years of ground preparation, the Club officially moved to its present location. Additional courts were added as Longwood grew. The most notable are the Championship grandstand courts first built in 1927 in honor of Edwin Sheafe, who was president of the Club from 1902-1924. The Presbrey pool was built in 1938 by a bequest from Palmer Presbrey, who was secretary of the Club from 1893-1918. Both gifts have become increasingly important to the Longwood Cricket Club.






The Longwood Cricket Club 564 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA


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From West: Take Mass Pike (Rt. 90) East to Exit 14 (Rt. 128)

Take Rt. 128 South to Exit 20A (Rt. 9 East)

See Below*


From North: Take Rt. 95 to Rt. 128 South

Take 128 South to Exit 20A (Rt. 9 East)

See Below*


From South: Take Rt. 95 North to Rt. 128 North

Take Rt. 128 North to Exit 20A (Rt. 9 East)

See Below*


From Logan Airport:

Follow Signs for Mass Pike (Rt. 90)

Take Mass Pike West to Exit 20 (Allston/Brighton)

Left on Harvard Ave

Right on Commonwealth Ave

Left on Chestnut Hill Ave

Slight Right on Boylston St (Rt. 9)

Right on Hammond St

Longwood is 100 yards on your right.




* Take Rt. 9 East for approximately 4 miles. After Passing the Chestnut Hill Mall on your left, you'll come to a set of lights with a Gulf Gas Station & CVS Store on your left.

Turn left at lights onto Hammond Street. Longwood is 100 yards on your right. Parking is legal on Longwood side of Hammond Street after 9:00am. To enter the Parking Lot, turn right onto Middlesex Road, Right onto Dunster Road. Entrance to lot is at the end of Dunster on your right.





Frances Levas
Director of Development