Hastings County Historical Society

Belleville Lawn Bowling Club

Citizens interested in the formation of a Lawn Bowling Club, are requested to meet at the office of Col. Lazier, Shire Hall, on Thursday evening, 16th inst. at 8 p.m.

This is an announcement in the Intelligencer on Thursday July 16, 1908 for a meeting of those interested in forming a Lawn Bowling Club to meet at the offices of Colonel Samuel Shaw Lazier at the Hastings County Shire Hall on Church Street. The Intelligencer carried the account of the 1917 Annual Meeting and the story indicates that it is the 8th annual meeting. This takes the beginning of the club back to 1908, so the meeting held in July of 1908 was successful in starting the Lawn Bowling Club.

Article about a meeting of the Belleville Lawn Bowling Club held in April 1917.

The Belleville Lawn Bowling Club formed as a Men’s Club and then a Ladies Lawn Bowling Club. Both announcements about the annual meetings of the Men’s Lawn Bowling Club and the Ladies Lawn Bowling Club are interesting to read through.

Report on the meeting of the Ladies' Lawn Bowling Club of May 1917.

The location on William Street was lots 1 and 2 the first lots north of the Gilbert Bakery on Dundas Street East, opposite the Queen Alexandra Public School (now the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board building).

1926 fire insurance map detail
1926 fire insurance plan detail

The photo, circa 1915, was taken from the south of the property. Looking north, on the right hand side of the photograph, you see 166 William Street. It backed onto 159-161 George Street. This house with its tower and its carriage house can be seen in the background of the photo. This home, minus its tower, is still standing on George St. Some of the other homes are no longer there.

People playing lawn bowls.
MG 2-12-05 Belleville Lawn Bowling Club



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