Your shopping cart is empty!
From the same price list it is interesting to note that the
range of sizes of bowl that were being offered, they obviously like 'big' bowls
in those days, and perhaps more especially the range of bias that you could
From a later price list, circa 1930, the range of qualities
and prices for Lignum Vitae (wooden) bowls is extensive but composition bowls
must also have been available as shown
by the reference to 'imported plastic bowls' in the section refering to
In their 1957 price list as part of the renovation / testing
service for 'Flat Green' bowls they list a charge for buffing composition bowls
which indicates that they were by then well accept.
By 1971 Darlington were offering their own Drake's Pride
composition bowls. This is the first reference to the use of their trade mark
name for a model of bowl that has been found (to date).
The rule book published by Darlington must quite early circa
1900 and makes interesting reading the front cover and a copy of two of the
pages are shown below. (This rule book is currently on display in the Museum of
The rule concerning playing in the dark is quite an
interesting one - You can just imagine a bowler standing at the jack with a
torch of some kind in his hand illuminating the 'target'!!
Darlington's were licenced testers to the International
Bowling Board and as the box label below shows, Standard Jack Makers to ALL
Crown Green Associations. We think this box label, from a set of Crown Green
Lignum Vitae Bowls, is circa 1947 although it could be earlier as the IBB stamp
was introduced in 1939.