Barnes Bowling Club is one of the oldest bowling clubs in the world. Established in 1725, our game is a variation of the game that dates back to Elizabethan times in England. Our green is situated behind the Sun Inn, Barnes, London SW13. New members are always welcome and our season runs from late April to early October.
The green was originally on Barnes Green. In 1810, it was moved to its current site (the oldest surviving bowling green in London and the only one attached to a pub) when the Barnes school house was built. It has been in continuous use since then, apart from a single year when it was converted to a tennis court. The Green is too small for standard lawn bowls with four parallel rinks, and that is probably why the game played here has survived. Until quite recently, the same game was played at the Hare and Hounds in East Sheen and also the Tower of London – now converted to Lawn Bowls.
The game here is played diagonally corner to corner from fixed locations, allowing two games at once. The woods are traditional lignum vitae and high bias. Our rules state a minimum bias of 7, but I believe there were two scales in common usage and that this would also be 12+ on the alternative scale.