Salisbury Bowling Club - History

The Club can be traced back to 1751. In that year there were at least three greens in Salisbury, all of which have now disappeared.

One of these greens, situated at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Nadder, was the forerunner of the present club.

From plans in the city archives it can be seen that the original club was part of a small holding known as 'Bowling Green Nurseries' and was 40 square yards.

In 1911 the nursery changed hands, the bowlers were banished and the green ploughed under.

The deposed bowlers continued to play on the lawn of a house in Wain-a-Long Road until the City Council laid a three rink green in Victoria Park in 1912.

In 1913 the existing players, with a few enthusiasts, formed the new Salisbury Bowling Club, and in 1941 the club affiliated to the Wiltshire County Bowling Association, which had been formed the year before.

It was eventually decided in 1936 that the club should have their own green and a site was purchased in Devonshire Road, where a green and a pavilion were constructed.

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George Pike

In 2010 George Pike, become one of the first eight bowlers in the country to receive the Bowls England Certificate of Merit for services to bowls.

The presentation was made by National President, Chris Smith.

In accepting the award, George commented that he had got a lot out of bowls as a player and had tried to put something back into the sport.

Salisbury Bowling Club - Found Archives

During 2014, refurbishment work was carried out on the indoor rinks. This work included the replacing some of the ceiling. During the work a number of photographs and documents were located.

Salisbury Bowling Club - Green Opening 1936

Salisbury Bowling Club opens its new green in Devonshire Road, Salisbury, on Wednesday 2 September 1936.

Salisbury Bowling Club - 1920's

Salisbury Bowling Club were Wiltshire County League winners in 1922 and had their original green in Victoria Park.

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