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Brief profile of William Hearn
by Don Ambrose


Player:W Hearn

HEARN, William.
Professional.
Born at Essendon, Hertfordshire, 30th November 1849.
Died at Barnet, Hertfordshire, 30th January, 1904.
He was a shoemaker by trade and played his early cricket with the Essendon Club, going out as a professional at St.Albans in 1870. He gained a position on the M.C.C. ground staff at Lordís from 1878, a situation he held until his death. In total he played in 41 first-class matches, 1878-91. His county cricket was with Hertfordshire 1870-95.
He was a well-known umpire 1896-1903, standing in four Test Matches.
In the 1881 Census he appears living with his parents at the Post Office, Essendon, Hertfordshire. His parents are James Ives Hearn, a 66 year old cordwainer, and his wife Sarah aged 64. In addition to William, aged 31, unmarried, also a cordwainer, there is a visitor, Katherine Hearn, unmarried 60 year old. Also there are two grandsons, William James Stocker Hearn, aged 9 and Frank Albert Hearn, aged 7, and a lodger, Edmund Harker, a 65 year old widower, a tailor.

(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)

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