John Wisden’s gaff

Good old John. Without him, the annual excitement of reading the Small Yellow Book (and now Big Yellow Book as of this year, and I’m not talking the Yellow Pages) would not be. He’s our founder, too, and although we don’t have a big montage of him at Cricinfo and Wisden Towers it’s great to see photos like this:

Where John Wisden worked

This is 21 Cranbourn Street in London, just off Leicester Square where John Wisden and Co. were established. I think this is their “sporting goods” shop, and not an administrative office, although I could be wrong.

I think it’s now home to Sabir’s Fish Bar, or Saber’s – a poor attempt to mask the fact it’s essentially a chippy. But despite the batter being boiled downstairs, they’ve nevertheless kept the original artwork on the building which is really cool.

In fact I stuck up a great article from the 1992 edition of The Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack last week on the survival of Wisden. A historical piece, it looks back to the beginnings of the company and how it has managed to last as long as it has. Go read. In putting the piece up I also found this image, “a few specimens of Crawford’s patent exceller bats” which I thought was brilliant.

John Wisden and Co

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