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Lawn Bowling
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Description:
This group of bowlers is more fair weather than those that like to stay indoors and knock down pins. The objective of this group is to waymark locations where some form of Bowls is played, whether it be lawn bowling or bocci or Pétanque any other local form. The location must be a permanent facility specifically for the sport.
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This waymark category records dedicated locations to the sport of lawn bowling, bocci, Pétanque or other forms of non-pin bowling. To waymark the category a photo of the location showing the links or signage indicating that that the game is played there.

Although the sport is primarily played outdoors there are a few locations where there is indoor play. Indoor locations require photos of permanently fixed signage showing that bowls (or local form) is played there.

History
The history of bowls, in some form or other, reaches well back into antiquity in various parts of the world, though its actual origin is still a matter of conjecture.

Sir Flinders Petrie, a well-known British Egyptologist, reported that during his excavations he found in the grave of a young Egyptian dating about 3200 BC. Among the artifacts, various rounded objects led him to believe that they were used for playing with by rolling them along the ground in a game similar to what we now call Bowls. From Egypt the game is thought to have spread to Greece and Rome.

The Romans played "Bocci", and that word is still used in Italy today. Without a doubt we can thank the Romans for introducing the game to England.

Forms of bowling are not restricted to Egypt. Stone Age excavations in other parts of the world have confirmed that some sort of game was played with rounded rocks which were rolled or bowled to a peg or other marker. Among other places, it was played by ancient Aztecs, North American Indians, in China, and in Polynesia.

Bowls in Britain
The two oldest British sports are archery and bowls, and in centuries past there was conflict between the two, mainly during periods of warfare or national strife. There is a positive recorded history of bowls having been played in England as far back as the 12th century, and it could well have been played much earlier than that.

The increasing popularity of bowls in the 14th century, and the fear by King and Parliament that the practice of archery was being neglected and that the effectiveness of the archers in battle or military operations would therefore be lowered, led to Statutes being passed restricting or forbidding such sports as bowls and tennis.

By the Act of 1541 artificers, labourers, apprentices, husbandmen, servants or serving-men, and other "low-born" people, were specifically forbidden from taking part in the game of bowls, except at Christmas. Heavy monetary fines were provided as penalties for non-observance of the Law.

However, licenses or permits were granted to some of the larger and more influential landowners to allow them to play on their own greens. In 1555, 14 years later, in the reign of Queen Mary, these licenses were withdrawn on the grounds that the game of bowls was being used as an excuse for "unlawful assemblies, conventiclers, seditions, and conspiracies".

In the 19th century the law banning bowls was apparently largely overlooked, and at the least it was not rigorously enforced. Many of the inns had bowling greens, presumably as an amenity to attract customers, and these probably helped the game to survive.

Bring in the Scots
As with golf, the game of Bowls, with more or less the same world-wide Laws, owes its existence to the Scots.

Following on a meeting in Glasgow in 1848, attended by about two hundred players from various clubs all with different Laws for playing the game, W.W. Mitchell of Glasgow, drew up a "uniform code of Laws", and these are the basis of all subsequent Laws.

Bowls Today
Outdoor Bowls is usually played on a 35-40 metre flat grassed (or artificial grassed) surface called the green. The green is divided into playing areas called rinks which are about 5 metres wide and the length of the green. (Bowls played indoors is usually played on a flat carpeted surface similarly set out and divided as the outdoor green.)

Players deliver their bowls alternately from a mat at one end on the centerline of the rink, towards a small white ball called the jack at the other end placed on the centerline. Bowls (which weigh about 1.5 kg each) are shaped so that they do not run in a straight line, but take a curved path (bias) towards the jack. Therefore, a bowl can be delivered either forehand or backhand.

The aim of the game is to get one or more bowls closer to the jack than those (the closest bowl) of the opposition one point is scored for each counting bowl. After playing all the bowls in one direction, and agreeing the score, the direction of play is reversed the next end is played back down the rink in the opposite direction. Every game consists of a series of ends and the winner can either be the one who has scored the most shots after a specified number of ends or the first to reach a designated score.

The World Bowls Board includes over forty member countries.

Varations on the Game

In France, the casual form of the game of Pétanque a game very similar to bowls is played by about 17 million people.

Please keep the category officers informed on additional variations of the game - remember non-pin games please.

Instructions for Posting a Lawn Bowling Waymark:
Please provide a photo of the lawn (playing surface) and and please capture a photo of the sign for the club as well. If you are marking a permanent indoor facility only the building sign photo is required with additional back up researched from your visit or the web.

Please name your waymark: Name - City and State.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
A new photo of the location. Bonus points with players. Point deductions for including a GPS in the photo...please don't.
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Image for St. George Bocce Courts - Erie, PAview gallery

NENE57.6 km

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Lawn Bowling St. George Bocce Courts - Erie, PA

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Bocce courts behind St. George Church in Erie, PA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jonathanatpsu

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 8/21/2017

last visited: never

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SS70 km

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Lawn Bowling Boardman Bocce Rinks, Boardman, Ohio

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Boardman, Ohio USA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team RAGAR

location: Ohio

date approved: 7/8/2008

last visited: 5/6/2009

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WW95.6 km

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Lawn Bowling Forest Hills Lawn Bowling Club

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This lawn bowling club is located in Forest Hills Park in East Cleveland, Ohio.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member miatabug

location: Ohio

date approved: 5/13/2010

last visited: 9/18/2011

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SS123.6 km

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Lawn Bowling the Promenade at Corporate Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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in a corporate office setting

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sherpes

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 8/16/2008

last visited: 11/3/2012

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SS126.2 km

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Lawn Bowling Evergreen Park, Ross Township, Pennsylvania

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single lane bocce court in a secluded neighborhood park in the North Hills of Pittsburgh

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sherpes

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/20/2009

last visited: never

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SS135 km

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Lawn Bowling Morningside Neighborhood, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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in an italo-american working class neighborhood

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sherpes

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 8/6/2010

last visited: never

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NN135 km

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Lawn Bowling Lawn Bowling - Simcoe Lawn Bowling Club

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Nestled between two beautiful parks in Simcoe is this Lawn Bowling club easily seen from the main road, yet in a quiet setting.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 8/25/2008

last visited: 11/11/2016

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SS136.2 km

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Lawn Bowling Bloomfield Bocce Court, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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in the "Little Italy" of Pittsburgh, almost under a bridge

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sherpes

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 8/20/2008

last visited: 7/3/2011

Image for Frick Park Lawn Bowling, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAview gallery

SS139.4 km

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Lawn Bowling Frick Park Lawn Bowling, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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municipal lawn bowling green open to the general public

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sherpes

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 8/22/2008

last visited: never

Image for [Legacy] Jarvis Lawnbowling Club - Jarvis, ONview gallery

NN141.9 km

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Lawn Bowling [Legacy] Jarvis Lawnbowling Club - Jarvis, ON

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Former Lawn bowling Green in Jarvis

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member stinger503

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 5/11/2012

last visited: never

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NN151.4 km

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Lawn Bowling Hagersville Lawnbowling Club - Hagersville, ON

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Lawn bowling area in Hagersville

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member stinger503

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 4/18/2012

last visited: never

Image for Lambeth Lawn Bowling - London, Ontarioview gallery

NWNW158.8 km

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Lawn Bowling Lambeth Lawn Bowling - London, Ontario

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A lawning bowling.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Keldar5

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 4/11/2017

last visited: 7/13/2019

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