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Old English or London Skittles

London Skittles at the Hampstead Lawn Billiards and Skittles Club - An excellent site on the rare game of Old English Skittles. The last remaining alley kept in shape by an indomitable crew of stalwarts playing every Tuesday and some Saturdays at The Freemasons Arms, Downshire Hill, Hampstead.

The following pubs used to regularly play Old English Skittles.  Most regrettably, they have all apparently removed their alleys, recently, furthering the decline of the game:
National Westminster Bank Recreation Club, Norbury
The Duke of Devonshire, Balham
The Haven Arms, Haven Lane, Ealing, London W5
The Duke's Head Inn, Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15

Irish Skittles

March 2018, the website seems to have disappeared but there is a facebook page:


Long Alley Skittles

The Tom Bishop Memorial Skittles League (Long Alley)

Belper and District Skittles League (Long Alley). May 2010 John Bull wrote to inform me about the Belper league in Derbyshire. There are roughly 30 teams in the league, 3 divisions of 10. There are two differences compared with Nottinghamshire's rules which are that you have to hit the front pin first and it doesn't have to bounce before hitting although it still has to clear the tin. [Update 2017 website www.skittlesteam.co.uk has disappeared. Does the league still exist?]

The Clay Cross & District Skittle League. Long Alley Skittles comprising 24 teams (as at June 2012).

Sutton & District Long Alley Skittles league. (plays summer and winter. submitted James Neal, June 02. See below for a list of pubs)

Syston & District Skittle League A long established Long Alley Skittle League in the north of Leicestershire, currently with thirty two teams in three divisions, playing on Friday evenings from September to mid May.

Ripley and District Skittles League in Derbyshire. Started in 1978 with and thriving with between 38 and 42 clubs (Jan 2016, thanks to Steve Sheldon).

The Beacon, Ilkeston, Derbyshire.
The New Inn, Long Eaton, Derbyshire
The Ancient Druids, Cotmanhay, near Ilkeston, Derbyshire
The White Lion, North Kilworth, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
The Blacksmith's Arms, Cosby, Narborough, Leicestershire.
The Royal Oak, Great Glen, Leicestershire
The Wheatsheaf, Thurcaston, Leicestershire
The Plough Inn, Littlethorpe, Leicestershire
The Bull's Head, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire
The Carrington Arms, Ashby Folville, Leicestershire
The Rose and Crown, Thurnby, Leicestershire
The King Wiliam IV, Enderby, Leicestershire
The Lord Nelson Inn, Basford, Nottinghamshire
The Nottingham Town Arms, Plumtree Square, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
The Royal Oak, Watnall, Nottinghamshire
The Miner's Arms, Ilkeston, Derbyshire
The Coach and Horses, Loscoe, Derbyshire
The Coopers Arms, Porchester Rd., Nottingham,

Long Alley from the Coopers Arms, Nottingham.
The Black Dog Inn

Sutton & District Long Alley Skittles league. (plays summer and winter. submitted James Neal, June 02)
The Duke of Sussex, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts. (James Neal's team, June 02)
Denmans Head Sutton-in-Ash
Three Horse Shoes Pinxton
Cart & Horse Sutton-in-Ashfield
Lowmore Inn Kirkby-in-Ash
White Lion South Normanton
Duke of Wellington Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Maltings Skegby
Henry's Bar 'B' Kirkby-in-Ash
Crown Selston
Staff of Life Sutton-in-Ashfield
Hill 60 Club Kirkby-in-Ash
Cardinal Sutton-in-Ashfield
Old Blue Bell Sutton-in-Ash
Triple S Skegby
New Cross Sutton-in-Ashfield
Apollo Sutton-in-Ashfield
White Hart S. Normanton
Lord Byron Mansfield
Sutton Town Sutton-in Ashfield
Duke of Sussex S-in Ashfield
Cricketers Kirkby-in Ashfield
Redgates Mansfield
Rose & Crown Stanton Hill
Pheasant Mansfield
Henry's Bar 'A' Kirkby-in-Ash
Miners Arms Stanton Hill
Brown Cow Mansfield
Carnfield Club S. Normanton
Sherwood Ranger 'A' & 'B', Ravenshead
Speed the Plough S-in-Ashfield

Western Skittles

The Calne and District Skittles League (Western Skittles)

Stoke and District Thursday Night Skittle League have a full fixture list for all 3 divisions plus pictures and upto date league standings

Sarnia Skittles in Guernsey

Berkeley and District Skittles League

The Dirty Dozen (The Welsh version of Western Skittles at the Llanbradach Workmens Club, Llanbradach, Caerphilly South Wales)
The Pillarmen (from South of the Gloucester City Skittles League).
Stroud Skittles (Western)

The Tattibogoes team of the Hereford and District Skittles League

Pill and Portishead District League. 2 divisions, each consisting of 13 teams including The Royal Oak, West Hill, Portishead. (Jan 2002)

The Weymouth and Portland Skittle league

Dorchester & District League

Alderbury Bowls Club have a skittles league of 6 local teams who play on a Thursday evening. 

The Fountain, Ashhurst in West Sussex

Dover Skittles League , undoubtedly the most Easterly skittles league in the country.

Coventry Nine Pin Skittle League. They play in a room with five alleys! (submitted John Penny May 2019)

Bridgwater Town and District Skittles League, Somerset and the competing league in the same location:

Bridgwater Skittles League, Somerset

Taunton Deane Friday Mixed Skittles League, Somerset

Taunton Brewers Skittles League, Somerset

Colyton Skittles , East Devon

The 'Jubilee cup' is played between 5 local leagues.  Yeovil Sports, Yeovil men's, Yeovil ladies, Sherborne men's and Sherborne ladies.  It was started in 1977 and is 5 a side played over 5 games on two different alleys during the season.  It was 6 a side when it started but reduced to 5 as it took all night - John Penny Nov 2018

Pubs and Clubs with skittle alleys in use within Leagues around Yeovil, from John Penny, May 2019. (Number of alleys at each location in brackets):

  • Yellow Wagtail
  • Old Barn Club (2)
  • Johnson Park Club (2)
  • Snooker Club, (Reckleford) Yeovil (3)
  • Labour Club (2)
  • GWRSA (Great Western Railway Staff Association)
  • Beehive
  • The Arrow
  • Con Club
  • The Armoury
  • Royal Oak (Stoford)
  • Rose and Crown (Bradford Abbas)
  • Red House Inn
  • Inn The Square, (West Coker)
  • Great Lyde Inn
  • Griffins Head, (Nether Compton)
  • Hungry Horse (Formerly 'The Bell Inn')
  • Railway Hotel
  • Royal Marine
  • Bull Inn (Ilchester)
  • Y.E.S. Club (Formerly 'British Legion' Yeovil Ex-Servicemen)
  • R.O.A.B. Club
  • 94 Club
  • Marston Inn (Marston Magna)
  • Royal Oak (Hardington)
  • Butchers Arms
  • Bradford Abbas Sports Club (Bradford Abbas)
  • Foresters Arms (East Coker)
  • Royal Standard Inn
  • The Helyar Arms (East Coker)
  • The Mildmay Arms (Queen Camel)
  • Tintinhull Working Mens Club (Tintinhull) (2 alleys)
  • Chilthorne Recreation Club (Chilthorne Domer)
  • Kings Arms (Thornford)

Anchor Inn, Diglis, Worcester.
The Star Inn, Ashton under hill, Evesham, Worcestershire 01386-811325 (submitted John Crowther, Feb 2000)
The Bull, Risley, Near Reading, Berkshire (submitted Ian Bradley, Oct 2000)
The Plough, East Stratton, Near Basingstoke, Hampshire (submitted Ian Bradley, Oct 2000)
The Jolly Miller, North Warnborough, Hampshire (submitted Ian Bradley, Oct 2000)
The Half Moon, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Nr Yeovil, Somerset (submitted Richard Feltham, Nov 2000)
The Royal George, West Coker, Nr Yeovil (submitted Matthew Butler, Dec 2000)
Ring of Bells, Norton Fitzwarren, Near Taunton in Somerset (submitted David Lowe, Dec 2000)
Black Horse, Taunton, Somerset (submitted David Lowe, Dec 2000)
Dog & Partridge, Risely, Hampshire (submitted Ian Bradley, Feb 2001)
The Seven Stars, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Berkshire (submitted Ian Eeles, June 2001)
Winchester Arms, Trull, near Taunton (submitted 'Steve', July 2001)
The Phelips Arms The Borough Montacute Somerset (submitted Aug, 2001, Nicola.J.Forster)
The Belvoir Castle, Bath, Somerset (submitted Nov 2001, Bill Letts)
The Miners Arms, Whitecroft, Gloucestershire, GL15 4PE (submitted Elaine Grief, March 2002)
Victoria Hotel, Dagmar Road, Dorchester, Dorset (submitted Mike Thomas, Nov 2001)
The Swan Inn at Stoford, Nr Salisbury, Wilts SP2 OPR, Feb 2002