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Edwin Patchitt

Edwin Patchitt played in four county matches between 1840 and 1843.

Born in Nottingham in 1808, educated at Bluecoat School, he set up as a solicitor and was highly successful, building a large mansion called Forest House, with 30 acres, on the Nottingham outskirts.

The house was converted into a Children's Hospital in 1901. As a clerk to the town magistrates, Patchitt had to read the Riot Act to the furious mob who had just burnt down Nottingham Castle. Later he was elected a councillor and served as Nottingham’s mayor in 1858 and 1859.

He was a feared bowler in local cricket, but was no-balled in his first county game, because his arm was raised too high. Patchitt retired to Hastings, dying there in 1888.