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Sir Pelham Francis Warner Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): WARNER
Held at: Marylebone Cricket Club Library
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Full title: Sir Pelham Francis Warner Collection
Date(s): 1900-1980
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 0.56 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Warner | Sir | Pelham Francis | 1873-1963 | Knight | cricketer
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Pelham Francis Warner was born in The Hall, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on 2 October 1873. He was the son of Charles William Warner, Attorney General of Trinidad. He married Agnes Blyth in 1904 and they had three children, two boys Esmond and John and a daughter Elizabeth.

Warner was educated at Rugby School and Oxford University, where he played in the varsity match against Cambridge. He made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 1894 and in 1897 was called up to play for Lord Hawke's XI in the West Indies. He then made his debut for England vs. South Africa in Johannesburg in 1899.

In 1903 Warner had the honour of being the first captain of an MCC touring side following the decision to make MCC the governing body responsible for England cricket tours overseas. The tour was to Australia and England won the series 3-2, thus bringing back the Ashes. Warner was rewarded with a place on the MCC Committee, and captained the first ever MCC tour of South Africa. During the First World War, Warner served with the Inns of Court and the Ministry of Information at the Foreign Office. After the war he returned to play first-class cricket in Middlesex and helped them to win the championship in 1920, scoring 79 and being led off the pitch by spectators - a framed picture of which is included in this collection.

After he retired from cricket Warner remained active in the game. He became manager of the MCC touring team during the infamous Bodyline series of 1932-1933. Warner was knighted in 1937 and during the Second World War he became Deputy Secretary of MCC. In 1950-1951 Warner was President of MCC and celebrated his 80th birthday with a dinner in the Long Room - two events that make up the bulk of correspondence and telegrams included in this collection. Warner died at West Lavington, near Midhurst, Sussex, on January 30, 1963.

This collection was bequeathed to MCC by Marina Warner, Warner's granddaughter, in 2009. The collection focuses on Warner's achievements away from the game - his MBE, his knighthood, his election as MCC President in 1950-1951, the release of his book 'Lord's 1787-1945' and his 80th birthday. The collection also includes material acquired during the course of Warner's life, including poetry, menu cards, orders of service and certificates. The material was held in a Louis Vuitton trunk with one sticker with 'The Grand Hotel, Melbourne' written on it, and with the scarlet and gold colours of MCC. MCC has retained the trunk.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence, telegrams, photographs, postcards, newspaper cuttings, posters, menu cards, scorecards, printed material, certificates, drafts of Warner's book 'Gentlemen vs. Players'.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

See Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Records under 30 years old are closed to the public, records between 30-40 years require permission of the MCC Secretary before access. All other records are open.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies available subject to the condition and status of the original.

Finding aids:

Further details of the collection can be found on the online catalogue available via

Archival Information

Archival history:

Bequeathed to MCC by Marina Warner, granddaughter of Sir Pelham Francis Warner, in 2009. The documents were taken from a suitcase which also included a duffle bag, which have also been catalogued on MCC's museum database.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Marina Warner, granddaughter of Sir Pelham Francis Warner.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Curphey, Documentation Assistant, MCC. The following sources were used to compile a history of this collection: Warner, Sir Pelham Francis, 'Long Innings: The Autobiography of Sir Pelham Warner' (London: George G Harrap, 1951) Warner, Sir Pelham Francis, 'How We Recoved The Ashes' (Chapman and Hall, 1904)

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in accordance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000. Descriptions are indexed using the UK Archival Thesaurus and UNESCO Thesaurus and meet the National Council on Archives' Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June 2013

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