picture on front cover/dust jacket
Title The Bowling Green
Author Edward T Ayers
Publisher Jarrold & Sons, London
First published 1907
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
19.3 x 12.6
Number of pages 248
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 17 None
Synopsis Portions of the text of this book also appear in the author's Bowls, Bowling Greens, and Bowls Playing which was published 13 years earlier in 1894, but The Bowling Green - a misnomer of a title - contains much new material and a fresh set of illustrations. The result is a book that makes fascinating reading for the bowls historian. Included among the numerous titbits of information is the discovery that the word 'bowls' rhymed with 'owls', and that boys aged 10 to 13 were employed by players to pick up, clean and hand to them their bowls 'in due order', and rewarded by payment of a penny each evening from every player. They were also responsible for collecting and returning the bowls to the 'bowl-house' after play, and cleaning and oiling them, as well as assisting in cutting and rolling the green, clearing leaves, etc when required.

The seven chapters are entitled:

  • Description of the English Game of Bowls
  • Experiences and Incidents of Actual Play, with Practical Instructions and Suggestions to Players, and Explanations of Technical Terms
  • Match-playing Hints to Beginners, etc
  • History of the Game
  • Curious and Humorous Records, Extracts, etc
  • Statutory Enactments, Restrictions, etc
  • Shakespearean References

There follows a four-section appendix, three parts of which deal with rules and the fourth the making and repairing of greens.

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