Former England cricketer’s grave restored

The newly-restored grave of former England and Surrey cricketer John Shuter (1855-1920) in the St Paulinus Church Graveyard, Crayford, was rededicated at a service on Saturday morning (2nd April). Shuter, who was a contemporary of the legendary W.G. Grace, played for England, captained Surrey Cricket Club for 14 years and also played for Bexley Cricket Club. He was married to Constance Horner whose family lived at Mayplace House, Crayford.

Although only five feet six inches tall, Shuter was a powerful batsman and in one Test against Australia at the Oval in 1888 he scored 28 runs in an opening partnership with W.G. Grace.

The grave was restored with funds from Surrey and Bexley Cricket Clubs and the Friends of St Paulinus Church. The graveside service was conducted by St. Paulinus Curate Rev. Jonah Watts and former Crayford Rector Canon Derek Carpenter, and there were speeches from Friends Chairman Marilyn Evennett and award winning Surrey Cricket Club groundsman Bill Gordon.

Cricket enthusiasts Bernard Rayner and Canon Carpenter organised the restoration of the grave and among the many guests were representatives from Surrey and Bexley Cricket Clubs, David Evennett MP and local Councillors Eileen Pallen and Geradene Lucia Hennis.

After the ceremony refreshments were served in the historic parish church.