Battle of the Lowland Hundreds

Cricket is not the first choice of the Welsh – known as they are for their dislike of standing in the open air for 3 days (except at eisteddfods of course).

But some parts of Wales have been settled by the English over the centuries and, of course, cricket broke out when this happened.  The main culprit were retired lawyers, from Temple Bar between Aberaeron and Llandovery and retired police from Bow Street, between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth.  The games were intermittent and played when time and tide had exposed low-lying coastal sandbanks – The Lowland Hundreds.  The sands would shift and new islands appear from time to time.  When this happened a match was quickly arranged and the winners would own the land (until it disappeared again of course).

The first game was played in 1777 and the 1902 match was marked with the printing of stamps for the 125th anniversary.  There is some confusion as the number of different stamps.  The very earliest documentation states that “..there were four stamps in total, two for each date, and they were printed in two colours”.  However only two different designs have been recorded to date.  The 1777 illustration shows the appeal for a catch by Deed J. (Temple Bar) which was denied by the umpires, seen seated in their dark coats.  The 1885 match shows the moment when Carter G. (Bow Street) is about to be run out when Regan J. was saying stay in your crease.  The former stamp is known in two colours and the latter in four.


396 & 396a


397 – 397c

Battle of the Lowland Hundreds

SK NumberTypeDescription
3963111777 stamp in shades of turquoise and mud brown
396a1777 stamp in shades of brown and seaweed green
3973121885 stamp in shades of brown and green
397a1885 stamp in shades of sea blue and sand yellow
397b1885 stamp in shades of green and blue
397c1885 stamp in shades of blue and light purple

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