Welcome To The Old Lawnmower Club

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The Old Lawnmower Club was formed in 1990 to promote the collection, preservation and display of lawn mowers made from 1830 onwards. We have more than 500 members around the world.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in old lawn mowers. We participate in a number of events throughout the year at museums, garden shows, vintage rallies and steam fairs. You can find out more about what we do on this site.

Christmas Crackers

If you're looking for a special  gift for the lawn mower enthusiast in your life, we'd like to suggest something from our selection of gifts and souvenirs....

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Club Souvenirs: a selection of clothing such as sweat shirts, overalls and baseball caps that can be ordered from our club shop. Please order in good time to allow delivery.

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Books: there is a surprisingly large selection of books about old mowers available nowadays. If you add in the books about antiques and gardening that also include sections on old mowers the choice is even bigger. Most of the books listed on our site are ordered direct from Amazon or the publisher.

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Transfers/Decals: for the die-hard enthusiast we also offer a number of transfers (decals) that can be used to finish off their latest restoration project. Please order in good time to allow delivery.

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Best of British

Club member Roy Osborne is featured in the new edition of Best of British magazine, on sale from 1 August. Roy created a small museum at Copped Hall in Essex to display some of his collection. He tells us that it can be seen when the Hall is open on the third Sunday of every month whe. Roy will also be giving special talks about the mowers on 25 August and 13 October. Check the dates and times on the venue's website.

There are many other museums around the world that display old lawn mowers as part of their collections. You can see a list here.

Cricket and the Lawn Mower

For English and Australian fans, cricket doesn't get more exciting than the first day of an Ashes Test Series. In recent series (in England and Australia) we have seen the home side winning and it's now been 18 years since Australia won the Ashes in England. Over the next few weeks we'll find out if this home advantage can be broken. Before a ball is bowled it looks like it could be close but cricket has a way of throwing up surprises. Good luck to both sides - with members in both countries (and other cricket-playing countries) we can't be too partisan, but...

Mowers at works at Lord's Cricket Ground, London

The lawn mower - it could be argued - played a significant role during the 19th century in the development of all major sports - including cricket - played on grass because it enabled clubs (and their ground keeping staff) to prepare the surfaces more easily and quickly. Lords - the home of the MCC - claims to have bought its first mower in 1864 to remove the "necessity to keep sheep!" and the same year they relaid the field. All first-class cricket clubs and countless non-league, town and village teams all around the world still rely on their mowers to help them prepare their grounds for their games. How much of this would be possible without the invention of the lawn mower?

Pony mower at an unknown cricket ground in England, probably 19th century

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