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Follow the links for more information about the game of bowls and club affiliations.

You will also find information on the Salisbury area and other local bowling clubs.

Did you know? . . .

Bowls first appeared . .

A reference to "Bowls" first appeared in a statute of 1511 when Henry Vlll confirmed enactments against unlawful games, this was not repealed until 1845.

Artificers, labourers, apprentices, servants and the like were forbidden to play except at Christmas and then only at their master's house and within his presence.

Game finished . .

In 1588 on Plymouth Hoe, Sir Francis Drake insisted on finishing his game of bowls before confronting the Spanish Armada.

We don't know if he won or lost his game, but he did go on to defeat the Spanish Armada.

Bowls banned . .

King Henry VIII once banned lawn bowling for all but the wealthiest. The reason he gave was that workers were spending so much time at it that they were neglecting their jobs.

Luckily for today's players the ban was lifted in 1845, so we can all enjoy this sport.

Egypt..

Rounded stones found in Egyptian tombs are thought by some to prove that bowls was played around the same time the wheel was invented, in about 5,000BC

Very Old..

The Southampton Old Bowling Green, established in 1299, is thought to be the oldest green in the world

Shakespeare..

In Shakespeare's King Richard II the Queen talks to her ladies
Queen - What sport shall we devise here in this garden, To drive away the heavy thought of care?
Lady - Madam, we'll play at bowls
Queen - 'Twill make me think the world is full of rubs, And that my fortune rubs against the bias.

Spot the "Jack" competition . .

Its very difficult to spot the jack at certain times of the year.

Spot the Jack

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