|Title||Bowled Over - The Bowling Greens of Britain|
|Author||Hugh Hornby (Editor Simon Inglis)|
|Publisher||Historic England, London and Swindon, England|
|Publication date||October 2015 (delayed because other books in this series have taken priority)|
|Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
|21.0 x 21.2|
|Number of pages||232|
|Number of pages with||Coloured photos||Black & white photos||Line drawings|
Bowled Over is an exceptional groundbreaking book - the first to comprehensively look at the importance and crucial role of bowls in British sporting history. Brilliantly researched and written by bowls historian Hugh Hornby it is profusely illustrated with close to 500 photographs and drawings, including specially commissioned mapping. The book is a visual celebration of bowling architecture - from fine pavilions and sophisticated clubhouses to quaint village greens, and greens in pleasure gardens, country houses, castles, pubs and breweries - and highlights the importance of cherishing and preserving these unique historic assets.
Hugh traces the history of the game from Sir Francis Drake and Charles I to the pristine suburban clubs of 21st century Britain and the indoor greens of modern holiday camps. He explains how different codes of bowling have emerged since Elizabethan times in different parts of the country; for example crown green bowls in Lancashire and Yorkshire, with its undulating greens, professional competitions and gambling culture, and flat green in southern England and Scotland, with its measured formality and amateur ethos.
Delightfully quirky, Bowled Over is the perfect Christmas gift for sports, history and heritage enthusiasts and will enthral those who play the game, whether novices or seasoned veterans.
The list of contents is as follows: