This page attempts to explain the significance and meaning behind the Cricketers' Arms Inn Sign. Research is augmented with photographs of pub signs.


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Cricketers' Arms

Background Information
This Oxford pub not only has a fine cricketing inn sign but has a stone carving in relief that depicts Sir Donald Bradman, widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time. The reason for him being characterised on this pub is that he once graced the Christ Church pitch cross the road when the Australian team played against the University.

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Most cricket aficionados cannot conceive of another player equalling Bradman’s Test batting average of 99.94. It was standing at 101.39 before he was bowled for a duck by Eric Hollies at The Oval in 1948. If he had scored just four runs in this final innings he would have ended his Test career with an average of 100.

The first image dates from 1991 when the building was operated by the Morland Brewery, the firm who rebuilt the Cricketers' Arms in 1936. The second image was taken in February 2013.
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Inn sign of the Cricketers' Arms at Oxford [1991]

Inn sign of the Cricketers' Arms at Oxford [2013]

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