Born on 29 January 1865 in Keyworth, Walter Attewell was a right-hand bat, originally from Keyworth CC. He played only once for Notts in First-Class cricket v Surrey at Trent Bridge on 18, 19 and 20 May 1891 scoring 0 and 0 and bowling 4-1-10-0.
His professional engagements were as follows: Peterborough (1889-90), Perth CC (1890), Philadelphia (1894), Rosedale (1894-96), Bingley (1896), Hastings (1898-99), Marquis of Exeter (1900), Lord Clive at Welshpool (1906) and Shrewsbury School (1906-12). Whilst in the United States in Philadelphia, he played a further four First-Class games in August and September 1894. In his five First-Class matches he scored 44 runs @8.80 and took nine wickets @29.11, including 5-81 for the Players of Philadelphia versus the Gentlemen of Philadelphia, He found immortality in the writings of Neville Cardus, as when he was the professional coach at Shrewsbury School, Cardus acted as his assistant.
He was a framework knitter in Keyworth and later employed in the Nottingham lace market. Walter Attewell died on 3 February 1919, aged 54 years.
His brother, Ezra Attewell (1870-1898), also of Keyworth CC, was a professional cricketer of some note, being with Liverpool CC and in Canada for East Toronto CC, where in the 1894 season he took 190 wickets @3.39, Erza was selected to play for Nottinghamshire Colts against the county team at Trent Bridge in 1895. Another brother, Seth Attewell (1873-1940), another Keyworth cricketer was a cricket coach at a school in Mostyn, North Wales.
Ezra, Seth and Walter were cousins of William and Thomas Attewell.
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 215