The Bowling Green on Castle Hill
Updated: Jul 6, 2020
Did you know that there used to be a bowling green on Castle Hill? The excellent Huddersfield Exposed website provides details of the green stating that it was first created in the early 1850s and was in use until the early 1900s when it was abandoned.
Castle Hill has long been regarded as a leisure spot by locals and visitors from afar and this was recognised by the building of a tavern for 'pleasure seekers' in 1810. It was used for other leisure pursuits such as bare-knuckled prizefighting, dogfights and cockfights long before bowling came along. The bowling green was part of the grounds laid out during the building of the Castle Hill Hotel in the early 1850s. The green is only marked on the 1890s O.S. map, so appears to have been in disuse by the early 1900s. The 1960s O.S. maps appear to mistake the former bowling green as the site of the castle that once stood on the hill — the main part of the castle was built on the upper mound where the Victoria Tower now stands.
We hope to feature some more of the old bowling greens in Huddersfield over the coming weeks. If you can tell us anything about the Castle Hill green then we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact Us
The map below shows the location of the green on Castle Hill