George Philip Cecil Arthur, Lord Stanhope is the only Member of Parliament to play for Nottinghamshire in a county match. He played twice, both times being against Surrey at Trent Bridge, in 1860 and 1861.
In 1862 he is described thus: ‘Bats very much in George Parr’s style, and made some very fine innings last season. He exhibited some magnificent play in his second innings in Gentlemen of North v South at The Oval’.
He was born at Chesterfield House, Mayfair in August 1831 and educated at Eton and Oxford, though he failed to obtain a place in either Eleven. From 1860 to 1866 was MP for South Notts and had two country seats, at Gedling and at Bretby Park, Derbyshire.
He was a member of I Zingari and MCC and played a lot of cricket for both. On the death of his father in 1866 he succeeded to the title Earl of Chesterfield. In 1871 he was staying at Lord Londesborough’s seat near Scarborough with among others, the Prince of Wales. Both the Prince of Wales and the Earl contracted typhoid fever. The Prince recovered, but the Earl died on December 1st, 1871.
His lordship was unmarried and the title devolved on a cousin.