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Hogarth’s Ninepins

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One of the features which has intrigued the project team at Hogarth’s House is the question of skittles or ninepins. Hogarth apparently played this game with his friends in his nut walk at Chiswick. A nut walk is being planned for the “exhibition garden” at Hogarth’s House and there will be a place to play the game, possibly using pins crafted from the timber of some diseased trees which will have to be felled.

Ninepins was a popular 18th century game – and it wasn’t the gentle children’s game or the table top pub game that we know today but a grown up, very competitive outdoor game with betting and drunken violence in pub gardens! We hope visitors to the new garden will be slightly better behaved . . .

Find out more on the Parks & Gardens UK website