AN old country house cricket ground in Suffolk has been revived to host at least one match and possibly more in future. Ashe Park was always regarded as an idyllic venue.
The ground in a village near Aldeburgh returned to pasture when Campsea Ashe Park Cricket Club folded in 1953, but the present owner Richard Keeling welcomed an approach to bring cricket back, according to the East Anglian Daily Times
. Keeling was contacted by Andrew Cadman, who lived on the Ashe Park estate as a boy, and James Morford, a local Campsea Ashe resident, about the possibility of arranging a game on the old field. Keeling said: "It was a deer park here, and the gardens were one of the finest in Suffolk. Rather than just leave this land for cows and to take the hay out of it, it seemed a good idea to bring back cricket."
Ashe Park was once renowned as one of the best grounds in Suffolk, and the Campsea Ashe club took on teams from Lowestoft, Thorpeness, St Audry's Hospital, Melton, RAF Martlesham, Orwell Works, Mistley, Bawdsey, Eyke and Rendlesham.
The original High House, a 25-bedroom country mansion, and its estate of 2,350 acres was built in 1585 by John Glover. In 1845 John George Sheppard, the owner of the Campsea Ashe estate, formed the cricket club and he invited I Zingari to play. Cricket was then played for more than 100 years, but in 1953 the High House mansion was demolished and the club moved to Woodbridge School and became known as Deben Valley.