Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Before Public Gardens & Parks - Sports & Games - A Special Field for Skittles & Golf 17C

Adriaen van de Venne (Dutch artist, 1589-1662) Golf Party 

Outdoor spaces near local inns & taverns were often the scene of neighborhood recreation in the centuries, before more dedicated grounds & public gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. Before the advent of public pleasure gardens & parks, elites usually gathered together in more exclusive private spaces.  Public parks & pleasure gardens & dedicated sports grounds became places to meet folks from a broader spectrum of society's classes including elites.