Charles Street was Head Groundsman at the Rectory Field, the home of Blackheath Football Club and formerly Kent County Cricket Club. Charles's brother, father and grandfather had all been groundsman. The Street family played a significant role in the history of cricket and rugby in this area of south west London.
Charles' father, George, started working for Blackheath Cricket Club as a bowler during net practice and became the club groundsman in 1890. He was personally asked by Charles Marriot, Secretary of the Rugby Football Union and former Captain of Blackheath to lay the ground at Twickenham when it opened in 1909. George's own father, also called George, had been the head groundsman at the Oval Cricket Ground.
Previously Charles's brother Leonard, had been the Assistant Groundsman at Rectory Field, however he was killed in 1918 during the First World War. After his brother's death, Charles returned to the Rectory Field (where he was born) to assist his father with the ground. When George died in 1924, Charles took over his father's position as Head Groundsman.
Charles was groundsman and kit-man for Blackheath and he accompanied the team when they played away, including the time they played at the Stade Colombes, Paris, in 1930.
Charles retired from the position of head groundsman at Rectory Field in 1957 but continued to offer advice about the ground until 1963. His son, Albert ("Bert") Street followed in the family tradition, becoming head groundsman from 1957 to 1959 -although he had been working as a member of the ground staff since 1936. Bert's sixteen year old son then took over for a short spell in 1963 when the Street dynasty at Rectory Field came to an end.
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