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Traced certainly to the thirteenth century, and conjecturally to the twelfth, the world’s oldest surviving Bowling Green is the Southampton Old Bowling Green, which was first used in 1299. As the game grew in popularity it came under the ban of king and parliament, both fearing it might jeopardise the practice of archery, then so important in battle. Statutes forbidding it and other sports were enacted in the reigns of Edward III, Richard II and other monarchs.
oil on canvas
H 90 x W 120 cm