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I rather shamelessly quote from
Millers Old Leeke published in 1891
The Bowling Green
“ About 60 years ago [ 1831 ], the
scene of an exciting match. A local lawyer had matched the late Mr.
Goostrey, for ten pounds aside, against a crack Manchester bowler, the
green being so peculiar in its construction , that the stranger was
a start of seven out of twenty one. The night before the match someone,
obviously a supporter of the Manchester player, stole one of Mr.
bowls, the theft handicapping him out of the contest. Annoyed that such
an unfair advantage should have been taken, the Leek player's
forgot it's cunning until his opponent had made his score fifteen to
, but then his marvellous knowledge of the green asserted itself, and
the “jack” he ran out an easy winner. The missing bowl was
discovered in the (river) Churnet.”
Charles Chadwick, surgeon.
“He was a constant visitor to
and was so expert that he was considered the only rival the late Mr.
Clearly William was a force to
with on the bowling green near the ruins of Dieu-la-cresse Abbey, Leek.
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