'WG' as he is often referred to, trained as a medical doctor, and set up his practice on Stapleton Road, Bristol. He was well respected as a local doctor, but it was his sporting achievements that earned him his fame. He was already well-known for his ability to score centuries when, one day in May 1895 at Bristol's County Ground, W.G. was in bat for Gloucester on the second day of play against Somerset. He made his one hundredth century, becoming the first man ever to achieve 'one hundred hundreds'. He continued scoring and when he made 200, champagne was brought onto the pitch and W.G. toasted himself at the wicket. He was finally caught out for 288.
Grace was the maternal grandson of the Bristol inventor, educator and preacher George Pocock.
Grace was educated for a time at a day school called Ridgeway House in Fishponds, run by a Mr. Malpas. Ridgeway House was originally a 14th - 15th century estate, the grounds of which covered what is now Eastville Park. It had housed a lunatic asylum before becoming a school, and was demolished in 1936. 13-29 and 31-41 Redhill Drive are (approx) on the site.