Thursday, November 3, 2016

Before Public Gardens & Parks - Sports & Games - Archery - At a 17C Local Tavern or Inn

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) Archers Outside a Local Tavern

Dedicated outdoor public areas in local towns & communities were the scene of amusements & recreation like archery in the centuries before more dignified commercial public pleasure gardens & public park spaces blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. Public pleasure gardens & public grounds became places to meet neighbors & travelers passing through; to exchange news; to meet lovers; to play sports & games; to eat & drink; to watch entertainments; to promenade for recreation; to conduct business; to see & be seen.