Handy Cross Indoors Bowls Club
Wycombe Sports Centre, Marlow Hill, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1TJ
High Wycombe Bowling Club
Chestnut Avenue ., HP11 1DJ
igh Wycombe Bowling Club, the third oldest club in the County, was born in 1902 in Harlow Rd. This is just east of the town centre opposite the Rye.The first High Wycombe bowling green was situated at the top of the road where St John's Ambulance Station now stands. This was a 4 rink green, which at the time was quite sufficient for the number of bowling players. The site was purchased by 35 shareholders for the sum of £35. Amongst the foundling members were furniture manufacturers, mill owners, doctors and solicitors. One of the better known members was Lord Desborough. As High Wycombe prospered and grew, so did the Bowls Club. It became apparent that the green was of insufficient size for the potential membership, so in 1927 the new club was opened at its present site in Chestnut Avenue. The Harlow Rd club was sold for £450 and the new land bought for £300. A maximum size green of eight rinks was constructed by Maxwell Hart of Glasgow at a cost of £1000. This was the first Cumberland turf green to be laid in Buckinghamshire. The clubhouse, which cost £700, has changed very little since 1927. It still has its original oak beams and the timber lined main hall. 80 hand-made wheel back chairs, each with H.W.B.C. carved on the back,were presented by James Elliots & Sons. The President's chair, also with H.W.B.C. carved on the back, was made by J.W.Hawkins. Over the years the two most important games to be played at the green were the touring South African sides in 1935 and again in 1995. See more
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