Name: Stanley CHRISTOPHERSON
Birth: 11 NOV 1861 in Kidbrooke, Kent
Census: 1871 Kidbrooke Villa, Kidbrooke
Misc 1884 Played Cricket against Australia at Lords
Residence at Marriage 16 APR 1887 Grove House, Kidbrooke Grove
Death: 06 APR 1949 in St Johns Wood
Census: 1881 Grove House, Kidbrooke Grove, Clerk on Stock Exchange
Census: 1891 Page Heath, Bromley, Kent, Stock Dealer
Census: 1901 Loseley House, Arlington, Guildford, Surrey, Director of Public Comapany
Census: 1911 25, Tite St, Chelsea, staying with daugher Doris and family
Misc,1884,Montague Druitt became a member of the MCC on 26 May 1884-just in time for him to see Stanley play for England,Montagues feelings must have been of great pride.A man with whom he had often opened the bowling at Blackheath was playing for England alongside ten of the most famous players of his generation,and in some cases in the history of the game.This is the side in which Stanley was playing---
W G GRACE
A P Lucas
A G Steel
R G Barlow
W W Read
Hon Alfred Lyttleton
Death [6 April 1949]From Wisden.
President of the MCC from 1939 to 1946,the longest period anyone has held that office,died in a London nursing home on 6th April,aged 87,Born at Blackheath on November 11,1861,he earned fame as one of the best fast bowlers in the middle eighties.He was educated at Uppingham,where the celebrated H H Stephenson was coach,Although a splendid teacher of batting.Stephenson possessed rather lax ideas on the matter of bowling,but Christophersons methods were beyond suspicion.Christopherson took a fairly long run,made full use of his heightt in bringing the ball well over and ,with natural swing,aquired a lkot of pace.For a fast bowler he kept an accurate lenght and could send down a formidable yorker.He played a good deal for Kent for five seasons from 1883,but strained his arm in 1886 and took little active part in important cricket after 1887.
Altogether he appeared for Kent in fifty matches and against Surrey at the Oval in 1883 took eight wickets for 41.A year later his reputation was so well established that he playrd for Gentleman against Players at Lords,and Australians at the Oval,while at Lords he was capped for England against Australia,who on that occasion suffered a defeat in a single innings.For the Gentleman against Australias very powerful batting side,he dismissed eight men for 78 and at Canterbury,when Kent were the only county that summer to beat the Australians,he sent down in the second innings 19 overs for 12 runs and three wickets.
That season Christopherson figured in a remarkable match at Aston Lower Grounds,Birmingham,between an Eleven of England and the Australians.The pitch,quite bare of grass,was alleged to have been watered overnight.In these circumstances four hours of actual cricket sufficed,the Englishen making 82 and 26 and the Australians 76 and 33 for six wickets.Spofforth took 14 wickets-seven in the second innings,for 3 runs,Christopherson did not bowl in the first innings,but in the second disposed of Alec Banneman,Percy Mc Donnell,Blackham and Spofforth in nine overs and one ball for 10 men.
Stanley Christopherson was one of ten sons who,with their father,used at various periods in the seventies and eighties to form a family cricket eleven and play certain matches,mostly against schools in the Blackheath district.A man of great personal charm he was in his young days extremely good looking.
During the dificult war years,MCC could not have possessed a better man as Preident.He was a big figure in the City of London and from 1943-45 was tempory Chairman of the Midland Bank,yet despitr the calls of business he went to Lords on most days and rarely missed a Commitee meeting.In all walks of life he always played the game.
From Cricket Archive--The best player of the Christophersons brothers of Kent,Stanley was a fine fast medium bowler.He had a long run [by the standards of the time]bowled with a high action and kept a good lengtht.He had an excellent Yorker.
Obituary from The Times on 7th Aprill 1949;
Mr Stanley Christopherson,president of the MCC from 1939-1946,a Test Cricketer and notable figure in the City,died in hospital in London yesterday at the age of 87.
Stanley Christopherson who was born on November 11,1861,was one of the 10 sons of Dermon Christopherson.He came from a family which was full of athletic ability,and was in the Uppingham eleven of 1880.He identified himself very soon with Kent to whom he was of great service as a fast bowler.In the season of 1884 highrer honours came his way.The Australians captained by Murdoch,were in England that summer.They lost several of their earliar matches,but when they came to the first test at Manchester,England were only saved by rain from what promised to be a convincing defeat.It was in the next Test match,which was played at Lords that Christopherson,who had bowled well once or twice against the visitors,was chosen as one of the home representatives.
Christopherson,who had been little used at Lords,had more chances in the Kent game against the visitors,a game that ended in an unexspected win for the County.He played for Gentleman against Players in 1884 and 1885,and continued to assist Kent until 1890,when he retired.In 1939 he was nominated as Predident of the MCC.After the outbreak of war it was not considered desirable to make any change in the officials of the Marylebone Club.So he remained for seven years-longer than any previous holder of the Office.
In the earliar part of his business career Christopherson was associated with the Direction-largely on the financial side of Gold Mining in the Transvaal.After giving up his membership of the Stock Exchange-in the firm founded by his father-he joined the board of the Consolidated Goldfields of South Africa over 50 years ago and continued to take an active part in the Companys activities for many years.His association with banking began in 1907 with his election to the board of the African Banking Corporation and the London Joint Stock Bank.When the former was absorbed by the Standard Bank of South Africa,he joined the board of the Standard.The London Joint Stock Bank was amalgamated in 1918 with the Midland Bank of which Christopherson became deputy chairman in 1922.
From that time onward he devoted himself primarily to his banking interests,and in particilar to his impoertant responsibilities at the Midland Bank where he took a deep interest in all matters relating to the staff.As deuty chairman of the bank he worked for over 20 years in the closest relationship with his chairman Mr Reginald McKenna.He therefore had great experience when,after the death of his former chief in 1943,he assumed the chairmanship.
Owing to his age,however.he made it clear that the position was accepted by him onlu until a permanant chairman could be elected.
For nearly 20 years he had a country house at Sheringham and closely identified himself with many local activities.It was during this period that he was High Sheriff of Norfolk.His activities were by no means confined to business affairs and sport.He was closely interested in the welfare os St Barholomews Hospital,of which he was an Almoner up to the time of his death.A prominant churchman he numbered Bishop Winngton Ingram among his closest friends.But he had many friends in almost every walk of his life who valued his friendship for his wise judgement and great charm.
He married in 1887,Margaret Isabel,daughter of Mr George Leslie,who survives him.There was two daughters of the marriage.
Father: Dermon CHRISTOPHERSON b: 06 AUG 1835 in Eltham, Kent
Mother: Catherine Jane BLACKWELL b: 1837 in Camberwell
Margaret Isabelle LESLIE b: 1865 in Piccadilly, London
16 APR 1887
in St Judes Church, Kensington
16 APR 1887
in Dermon Christopherson and George and Margaret Leslie
- Doris CHRISTOPHERSON b: 1889 in Bickley, Kent
- Vera CHRISTOPHERSON b: 1893 in Kensington, London