John Chapman, the step-son of William Clarke, trained as a veterinary surgeon.

Born in Nottingham in 1814 he moved with his parents to the Trent Bridge Inn in 1821 and after Clarke moved to London in 1846, Chapman took on the running of the cricket ground.

However in 1848 he lost £40 on staging a county game and moved off to Gainsborough, where he set up a vet’s practice and died in 1896.