This is a recommended reading list. Some of the books or sites here made no direct contribution towards anything I have written but they did provide me with a wider or at least ancillary view of the overall subject that was worth having.
The list does of course include my sources but I should add that the information I have used is essentially driven out of various notes that I accumulated over many years. I may be overlooking some of the sources I used originally, especially as many books were borrowed. My apologies to any writer I have momentarily forgotten. It follows that this page is subject to continuous review.
The Stamp Atlas by Stuart Rossiter and John Flower; XLCR Stamp Finder and Collector's Dictionary published by Thomas Cliffe Ltd; Ask Phil; 1966 British Commonwealth stamp catalogue by Stanley Gibbons Ltd; 1970 Europe and Colonies stamp catalogue by Stanley Gibbons Ltd; Stamps of the World stamp catalogue (various issues) by Stanley Gibbons Ltd;
and, indeed, anything and everything published by Stanley Gibbons Ltd
A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport by Ramachandra Guha; A History of Australian Cricket by Chris Harte; A History of Cricket by H S Altham; A Social History of English Cricket by Derek Birley; An Index to Waghorn by Martin Wilson; At the Sign of the Wicket: Cricket 1742–1751 by FS Ashley-Cooper in Cricket Magazine (1900); Autobiography by Sir Neville Cardus; Beyond a Boundary by C L R James; Brightly Fades the Don by Jack Fingleton; Chertsey Cricket Club website; Cardus on Cricket by Sir Neville Cardus; Correct Account of Matches 1786 to 1822 by Henry Bentley; CricInfo website; CricketArchive website; CricketEurope website; Cricket Quarterly edited by Rowland Bowen; Cricket Scores 1730–1773 by H T Waghorn; Cricket: History of its Growth and Development by Rowland Bowen; Dartford Cricket Club website; Dates in Cricket History by H S Altham; Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket by G B Buckley; Fresh Light on Pre-Victorian Cricket by G B Buckley; Grand Matches of Cricket 1771 to 1791 by W Epps; How We Recovered The Ashes (1903-04) by Pelham Warner (1904); Jack on Cricket blogspot; John Nyren’s "The Cricketers of My Time" by Ashley Mote; Kent Cricket Matches by F S Ashley-Cooper; More Than A Game by John Major; My Dear Victorious Stod by David Frith; No Balls and Googlies by Geoff Tibballs; Nottingham Old Club Match Scores by William North (1832); On Top Down Under by Ray Robinson (1975); Pageant of Cricket by David Frith (London: Macmillan, 1987); Playfair Cricket Annual: various issues Pre-Victorian Sussex Cricket by HF & AP Squire; Principal Matches 1790–1805 by Samuel Britcher; Scores & Biographies (15 volumes) by Arthur Haygarth; Second Innings by Sir Neville Cardus; Some Cricket Records by Stephen Green: Archives, XVIII, 80 (1988), pp. 187-190; Start of Play by David Underdown; Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century by Timothy J McCann; The 17th Century Game of Cricket: A Reconstruction of the Game by David Terry; The Cricket Field by James Pycroft (1851); The Dawn of Cricket by H T Waghorn; The Duke who was Cricket by John Marshall; The Fast Men by David Frith; The Glory Days of Cricket by Ashley Mote; The Golden Age of Cricket by David Frith; The Hambledon Cricket Chronicle by FS Ashley-Cooper; The Language of Cricket by John Eddowes (Manchester: Caranet, 1997); The Laws of Cricket: their history and growth by R S Rait Kerr (London: Longmans, Green, 1950); The Playfair Book of Cricket Records by Roy Webber; WG Grace: His Life and Times by Eric Midwinter; Wisden at Lord's by Graeme Wright; Wisden Cricketers Almanack (annual): various issues Wisden online
An Intellectual and Cultural History of the Western World, volumes I-III; Calendar website; Chambers Biographical Dictionary; Chambers Dictionary of World History; Churchwarden’s Accounts for Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge (1504-1635); Citizendium; Dictionary.com; Encyclopaedia Britannica; Europe Since Napoleon by David Thomson; Factbook of History (chronological record); Hutchinson's 20th Century Encyclopaedia; Journey Through the Weald by Ben Darby (London: Robert Hale, 1986); Manly and Muscular Diversions: public schools and the nineteenth-century sporting revival by Tony Money (London: Duckworth, 1997); Microsoft Encarta; Muir's Historical Atlas; Natural History of Wiltshire by John Aubrey (1686); Ogilby’s Road Maps of England and Wales (from Ogilby’s Britannia 1675) by John Ogilby (Reading: Osprey Publications Ltd. 1971); Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1987) Quilt Winders and Pod Shavers: the history of cricket bat and ball manufacture by Hugh Barty-King (London: MacDonald and James, 1979); Revel, Riot and Rebellion: popular politics and culture in England 1603-1660 by David Underdown (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987); Sport and Pastime in Stuart Oxford by Percy Manning (Oxford Historical Society, 1923 volume, pp.85-135); Sunday in Tudor and Stuart Times by W B Whitaker (London: Houghton, 1933); Sussex Records Society Volume XLIX (Churchwardens’ Presentments); The English Dialect Dictionary (volume VI, 1905) by Joseph Wright; The Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms by Peter Davies (London: Robson Books, 1988); The History of the Woollen and Worsted Industries by E Lipson (London: A & C Black, 1921); The Place Names of Surrey by JEB Gover, A Mawer and FM Stenton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1934); The Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland by Alice B Gomme (1894 and 1898) (London: Thames and Hudson, 1984); The Wool Trade in Medieval History by Eileen Power (London: Oxford University Press, 1965); The Wool Trade in Tudor and Stuart England by Peter J Bowden (London: Cass, 1971); Tournaments by Richard Barber and Juliet Barker (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1989); Wikipedia