Lewes – Bowling Green

That’s some history, this bowling green has been in use since 1640 and was previously used as a tilting, or jousting, ground. The bowling green was once larger, but they’ve lost some of their land to building over the centuries.

The Bowling Green Society was founded here in May 1753 and it seems that the Lewes bowling club has some rather different rules to other clubs. They have a different jack because their green is uneven, although I do wonder why they haven’t levelled it out a bit, given they’ve had over 250 years. Apparently there is a fee of £1 for every session, but there’s a surcharge of 50p each for those on the losing team. That seems to make things a bit competitive for my liking, but it seems to have worked well in Lewes.