Learie Nicholas Constantine, Baron Constantine, Kt, MBE (21 September 1901 – 1 July 1971) was a West Indian cricketer, lawyer and politician who served as Trinidad’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and became the UK’s first black peer. He played 18 Test matches before the Second World War, and took the West Indies’ first wicket in Test cricket. An advocate against racial discrimination, in later life he was influential in the passing of the 1965 Race Relations Act in Britain. He was knighted in 1962 and made a life peer in 1969.
Sir Learie met Mr Cornwall, a very wealthy resident of Chalfont St Peter, and was offered an apartment in London in return for playing for Chalfont St Peter on a Saturday. In the Team was a South African named McDonnell. He was captain and found it difficult to accept Sir Learie in the same room as him and his equal!
Constantine would never take tea at home. He would go to the outfield and would give his time to the youngsters and coach them during the tea break. During the game, whilst batting, Constantine would try to hit the ball at the old pump station, now the site of the green-keepers shed on the golf course.