John Wisden and George Parr red plaque in Leamington Spa
John Wisden (1826-1884) cricketer and almanack publisher. A cricket ground was created near this spot by John Wisden and his friend and fellow player, George Parr. Many important matches were played here to large crowds. Wisden lived in the town from 1848 to 1852. In 1850 he founded John Wisden & Co. probably selling sporting equipment. They gave up the lease of the ground in 1863. His obituary in his Almanack in the 1885 edition reads: "...A quiet, unassuming and thoroughly upright man. A fast friend and generous employer. Beloved by his intimated and employees and respected by all in whom he came in contact."
John Wisden (5 September 1826 – 5 April 1884) was an English cricketer who played 187 first-class cricket matches for three English county cricket teams, Kent, Middlesex and Sussex. He is now best known for launching the eponymous Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 1864, the year after he retired from first-class cricket.