Friday, November 4, 2016

Before Public Gardens & Parks - Sports & Games - Bowling at the 17C Public Tavern or Inn

Outdoor Sports with balls (and often sticks) were played by young & old alike, at everyday inns & taverns; at elegant castles; & at dedicated spaces in local communities for centuries before more gentrified commercial public pleasure gardens & public parks blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. 

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) A Game of Bowls outside the local tavern.