Many members who are not from the Tonbridge Area may not know what an important part the Club has made to the game we all love. The President has always been interested in TCC's history and continually come across details of our past.
These two attachments have been received by him and may be of interest to you.
As you will see the Bowls Club was started by the Cricket Club in an area of the old Angel Ground, where Sainsbury's now is. The indoor club is roughly on the same site but the outdoor club is now next to Tonbridge Angels Football Club across the fields from our cricket ground. Pictures of the old Angel Ground hang our pavilion as you will know.
Tonbridge was the centre of cricket ball manufacture* at the turn of the century of which Ives was one of them.
Way back in our President's youth, Bev Ives played cricket for us and was part of the original family who made the balls.
You will see that all of the main ball manufacturers were located here.
Dukes balls are of course still famous and the President think's they still have some premises in Paddock Wood. They were saved from going under by Dilip Jajodia who owns Morrant Sports, but the balls are mainly manufactured abroad these days.
Readers who sponsor the League still have premises in the Maidstone area and make some there.
Updates to this:
Dukes were founded in Penshurst at Redleaf on the Penshurst Road - this link is quite interesting.
Dilip Jajodia founded Morrant Sports in 1973 and took over Dukes in 1987. This link provides info about him and also where and how the balls are now made.
This personal insight provides further info on cricket ball making in the Tonbridge area.
As for Reader's, they were taken over by Kookaburra in about 2002. Reader's old factory in Teston (on Malling Road) still remains but has been converted into private residences. Kookaburra's main office in the UK is Corby but the Reader's brand still have a presence in Mereworth off Seven Mile Lane.
General: https://books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=1408192241 - see section 10
* From old TCC player Kevin Haymon now living in Romania: the picture of the guy stitching the cricket balls is his wife's (Diane) Grandfather and they lived next door to him in Woodside Road for a few years. Small world.