The lowest greens in town - final whistle

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

10 correct answers to the first of the two questions we posed and two went on to claim the second green as well.

So well done to Peter Read, Bill Blackburn, Bob Haigh, Neil Hinchliffe, Des Emsall, Dennis Machen, Allan Dobson, Frank Greenwood, Mike Thornton and Maurice Nicholson for identifying Bradley & Colne as the club with the lowest positioned green among our current clubs.

Des Emsall and Allan Dobson were the only two to progress from those numbers to get anywhere near identifying the second green. This was the lowest green of a club now extinct. The green that I had identified was at Dalton Liberal Club as per the map above. Allan's choice was The Black Horse Inn at Briggate although he hadn't convinced himself that there was ever a green there. He was right to be sceptical of his own selection but it was only a few paces along Briggate to the actual correct location. Des claims that The Black Horse Inn further along Nettleton Road at Lees Head was lower and provided some evidence to support that.

Following up on this and I have found up to date maps providing varying heights to the older maps for these two greens over a 110-year period. History is often not an exact science and on this occasion, I accept that Des's choice may have been lower than Dalton Liberal Club, but then again it might not have been. Points (not pints) all round for Des and Allan.

The club building for Dalton Liberal Club was opened on Saturday 31 March 1906 by Sir James T. Woodhouse (MP). It cost around £700 and was built on land gifted by Mr. C.F. Sykes who also provided a billiard table. A bowling green was situated at the rear of the club. The photo alongside shows Sir James T. Woodhouse arriving for the opening ceremony. (Click on any photo/image to enlarge)

Des's preference was for the bowling green situated next to the Black Horse Inn off Nettleton Road, Lees Head at Dalton. This is shown as overlaid on the up to date ariel view on the map below. It was in existence prior to 1850 as it is marked on the first O.S. map. The green appears to have fallen into disuse prior to the First World War. The area then became part of the large chemical works constructed by British Dyes circa 1918, known as Dalton Works.

More green height questions lined up for later in the week.

The questions we originally asked were:

Q1: The current club that is lower than any other current club at 200feet above sea level.

Q2: The club no longer in existence which is the lowest ever in the area at just 186feet above sea level.

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