The HAC moved from Spitalfields to its present site in 1641. The playing fields to the south of Armoury House are described in a map of the area of 1677 as the ‘New Artillery Garden’. They are also referred to as the ‘Artillery Ground’. The area was originally used for archery practice and a record exists of a game of cricket played there as early as 1725. The first balloon ascent in England, by Vincenzo Lunardi, started from the Artillery Garden in 1784.
The area is now used for rugby and football in the winter and cricket in the summer. It is also, as a significant source of revenue for the Company, rented out for parties and events.
The Artillery Garden is ringed by a variety of trees planted in 1996 and, to celebrate the new millennium, 2000.
If you require further information on hiring the Artillery Gardens for a sporting event please visit the Corporate Events website.