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Croquet at Pitmilly

Croquet is now available at Morton of Pitmilly! The garden variety not the full sized version. The mallets, balls and rules are available from reception.

According to some sources croquet was originally based on a French game called paille-maille, which translated to Pall Mall after the street in London when introduced to England. However, other sources suggest that croquet started in Ireland in the 1830s and was introduced to England in the 1850s. Whatever its origins, it was one of the first games at which men and women could compete on an equal basis. The first national headquarters was the Wimbledon All England Croquet Club, founded in 1868, which later became the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, as tennis became more popular.

A full sized croquet lawn is double the size of a tennis court whilst the garden version is much smaller. Croquet was one of the sports played at the Paris Olympics in 1900! Amusez-vous bien!