It being summer, and an Ashes summer at that, I have been spending a bit of time lately with my large collection of cricket books. Yesterday I happened to pull out an old anthology The Light Side of Cricket, edited by E.B.V. Christian and published in 1898 by James Bowden of 10 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. The cover of the book looks like this, and from the day I found the copy of it that is now mine in a secondhand bookshop in Manchester, it has intrigued me that its original owner was one F.D. Gaddum of Adria House, Didsbury. The front endpaper bears his signature of ownership, followed by the address 'Adria House, Didsbury' and the date '6th Sept. 1898'. Why it has intrigued me is that two of the streets in Didsbury that I often walked past taking my daughters to, or fetching them from, their primary school in Beaver Road are, precisely, Gaddum Road and Adria Road. Yet until yesterday I never thought to look into the connection further.
It turns out that F.D. Gaddum was a cricketer and played a few games for Cambridge University between 1880 and 1882 and then once for Lancashire in 1884. He died rather young, at the age of 40, 'as a result of a bicycling accident'. Gaddum's modest stats in first-class cricket can be found here.The volume in my possession, which I have had for more than 20 years, I can now regard as an association copy.