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Henry VIII requested that anybody who wished to keep a green pay a fee of 100 pounds.
However, the green could only be used for private play and he forbade anyone to "play at any bowle or bowles in open space out of his own garden or orchard".
The oldest Bowls green still played on is in Southampton, England where records show that the green has been in operation since 1299 A. There are other claims of greens being in use before that time, but these are, as yet, unsubstantiated Certainly the most famous story in lawn bowls is with Sir Frances Drake and the Spanish Armada.
The bias of a correctly rolled bowl ensures that it follows a slightly curved path as it rolls which accentuates as the bowl comes to a halt. The sport of Lawn Bowls is the forerunner of Curling, a tremendously popular winter version played in northern countries (including Canada and Scotland) on ice.Records show that President George Washington played bowls on his estate.In Canada, the sport was introduced around 1730 at Port Royal in Nova Scotia.In Australia, bowls first was played in Sandy Bay, Tasmania in 1844.The game appeared in New Zealand sometime during the 30 years after that.