Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
The history of Bowls
Bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll slightly asymmetric balls, called bowls, so that they stop close to a smaller—normally white—bowl called the "jack" or "kitty". Bowls, either flat- or crown-green, is usually played outdoors, on grass and synthetic surfaces. Flat-green bowls can also be played indoors on synthetic surfaces. Both variants are collectively known as "lawn bowls".
...in Bowling, the chusing of the Bowl is the greatest Cunning. Flat Bowls are best for close alleys; round byassed Bowls for open Grounds of Advantage, and Bowls round as a Ball for Green Swarths that are plain and level.---The Compleat Gamester. C. Cotton, 1725.
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