Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Before Public Gardens & Parks - Golf Sports and Games- Illuminated Manuscripts 16C

Flemish Colf, a single-club, cross-country game in which the ultimate scoring shot was played to a hole in the ground. Anonymous Flemish Master, ca. 1505.

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.