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A Kentish game that had been thought extinct but one last pub still hangs on. A couple of other pubs from other areas have acquired a table in more recent times.

The Vigo Inn, Fairseat, Sevenoaks, Kent
The Horseshoes Inn, Alby, near Erpingham, Norfolk
The Orange Tree, Baldock, Bedfordshire had a Daddlums table in 2014 but it appeared to be set out more as a fun thing for kids, and not sure if still exists

Leicestershire Table Skittles

The Bull's Head, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire

Charnwood Forest Table Skittles League This is a Leicestershire Table Skittles league - apparently there are 100s of pubs all playing regularly around Leicester...

Cambridgeshire/Lincolnshire Table Skittles

This version of table skittles has dwindled and the Cambridgeshire league is a precious flame still burning.

Cambridge & District Skittles League Operative since 1930 and games seem to start being played in 1929. The Cambridge game is similar to Northants skittles but without the hood and only one cheese used. (submitted James Wells, Dec 2023).

Northamptonshire Table Skittles - Leagues

Kettering, Burton Latimer & District Skittles League

The Luton and District Skittles League was almost certainly the most southerly table skittles league but I don't think it exists any longer.

Gayton & District Skittles League

From 2017/2018 Season list found on wall at The George, Tiffield (nr. Towcester)

Eykyn Arms, Gayton
The George, Tiffield
Sun Inn, Heyford
The Compass, Milton Malsor
Wooden Walls, Collingtree
The Bull, Harpole
Bakers Arms, Bugbrooke
The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne
Royal India, Fosters Booth
Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
The Mill, Towecester
Eastcote Arms, Eastcote
Olde Red Lion, Litchborough
TSSC, Towcester

Northants Ladies Skittles League (updated Cheryl Morgan Sep 2005, website disappeared Oct 2017, not sure if still exists?)
Athletic A
Athletic B
Midland A
Midland B
Burton Brit
Thorpe Malsor
Rothwell Cons
Windmill A
Windmill B
Sun Inn
Desborough Services
Kettering Town Football Club
Benels A
Benels B
Duke - Burton Latimer
East Carlton Cricket Club

Islip & District Skittles League (John "Rolly" Mills Nov 2001)
Fox Inn, Thrapston
George Inn, Oundle
Kings Head, Wadenhoe
Dog & Partridge, Titchmarsh
New Inn, Ringstead
Cross Keys, Molesworth
Hare & Hounds, Great Addington
Raunds Woodbine WMC
Raunds Conservative club
Swan Inn, Old Weston
Ringstead WMC
Islip WMC
Five Bells Riseley
Three Compasses, Upper Dean
Crows Nest, Irthlingborough
Woodford WMC
Crossleys, Molesworth
Warmington Social Club
Rose & Crown, Islip
Cock Inn, Denford
White Horse, Woodford
Old Three Cocks, Brigstock
Dukes Arms Woodford
Shuckburgh Arms, Stoke Doyle
Dolren Arms, Finedon

Rugby & District Skittles League. 5 leagues of 12 teams each, representing over 40 pubs and clubs from Rugby and the surrounding villages (submitted April 2005, Tony Woodhouse)

Dunton Basset Table Skittles League - submitted by "Tony", Oct 2007.

Ouse Valley Skittles League (submitted by Mark Shirley, April 2020) and featuring the following teams:

  • Carlton Club, Olney
  • The Cock (2 teams)
  • The Fox
  • The Horseshoe
  • Oakley Arms
  • The Old Mill (2 teams)
  • The Robin Hood
  • Royal George
  • Sun Inn
  • Thurleigh Club

Beds and Roberts Skittle League which is primarily in and South East of Bedford and features the following teams at April 2020:

  • Kempston Limited (31 Brunel Rd, Bedford MK41 9TJ)
  • The Guinea (Bedford Rd, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RG)
  • Polhill Arms (2 teams) (25 Wilden Rd, Renhold, Bedford MK41 0JP)
  • Ivy Leaf Club (Station Rd, Langford, Biggleswade SG18 9PE)
  • The Bell (not sure which one?)
  • Hammers Club (Kempston Hammers Sports & Social Club, 134 High St, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7BN )
  • Meltis Club (2 teams) (Meltis Sports & Social Club, Miller Rd, Bedford, MK42 9NY
  • Russell Park Club (Bedford Russell Park Working Mens Club, 69 Goldington Rd, Bedford MK40 3ND)
  • The Half Moon (108 High St, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7BN)
  • Eaton Socon, St Neots,Cambridgeshire
  • The Cock, 23 High St, Broom, Biggleswade SG18 9NA (address found on league website)
  • North End Club (60 Roff Ave, Bedford MK41 7TW)
  • The Bluebell (115 Putnoe Ln, Bedford MK41 9AH)
  • The Duke (10 Woburn Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7QA)
  • The Mulberry Bush, Kempston is listed on the website but don't think it's in the League any longer (April 2020)

Buried in their website is a news article entitled 'Highest Score' by J.Simmonds 02/10/18 with a single sentence "Well done to Pete Whybrow for a high score of 22." That's pretty impressive by my standards!

Northamptonshire Table Skittles - Pubs

If you want to submit a pub to this list, please just email me:

The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne
The Live and Let Live, Harpole, Northamptonshire
The White Horse, Wymington, Rushden, Northamptonshire
The Swan, Newton Bromswold, Rushden, Northamptonshire
The Talbot, Gretton, Rockingham, Northamptonshire.
The White Horse, Lowick, Northamptonshire
The Shuckburgh Arms, Stoke Doyle, Oundle, Northamptonshire (submitted Andy Keeling June 2000)
The Admiral Rodney, Long Buckby, Northamptonshire (submitted Colin Batchelor, April 2001)
The Plough, Langford, Bedfordshire
The New Inn, Sandy, Bedfordshire
The Salutation, Blunham, Bedfordshire.
The Exeter Arms, Cardington, Bedfordshire.
The Blue Bell, Easton on the Hill, Stamford, Lincolnshire.
The Manchester Arms, Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire
The Staff of Life, Mowsley, near Rugby, Warwickshire.
The Alexandra Arms, Rugby, Warwickshire (submitted Colin Batchelor, April 2001)
The Barley Mow, Newbold on Avon, near Rugby, Warwickshire (submitted Colin Batchelor, April 2001)
The Lawford Arms, Long Lawford, near Rugby, Warwickshire (submitted Colin Batchelor, April 2001)
Royal Oak, Naseby, Warwickshire
The Black Dog Inn
Higham Ferrers WMC, Rushden, NN10 8BB (sub. Christopher Mantle, Oct 2004)
Sheaf and Sickle, 1 Coventry Road Rugby CV23 9DT 01788 552 338 (discovered Jan 2008)
Royal Oak, Naseby (May 2010, Malcolm Watkins)
Bar 71, Main Road, Brancaster, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 8AA (submitted Adele Beckley 2023)

Old Bush Winter Olympics Facebook Page - Worcester.

The following is a list from "The Cog Thrower" up to date as at July 2008 to whom I and all serious fans of Northamptonshire Skittles are indebted. He welcomes your comments. Email 'thecogthrower at yahoo.co.uk'. The notes are all from the Cog Thrower, not me:

"The Cog Throwers" Favourites
Kings Arms            - Farthingstone (Pub Highly Recommended).
Three Compasses       - Upper Dean    (Playing Time Restrictions).
The Chequers - Swinford (A pub with skittles history).
The Horseshoe         - Lavendon
The Hare & Hounds     - Gt. Addington
The Cross Keys        - Molesworth
The Bedford Arms      - Souldrop

Other Good Tables
Tollmarche Arms       - Harrington
The Swan              - Newton Bromswold
The Inn (The Cock Inn)- Denford
The Lamb Inn          - Lt. Harrowden
The Three Tuns        - Biddenham
The White Horse       - Wymington
King Edward VII Inn   - Rushden
The White Horse       - Woodford

Fair/Reasonable Tables
The Courthouse        - Thrapston
The Kings Head        - Wadenhoe     (Playing Time Restrictions).
The Royal Oak         - Naseby
The Fox Inn           - Wilbarston
The Forester Arms     - Nether Heyford
The Red Lion          - Yarley Hastings
The Sun               - Hardingstone
The Horseshoe         - Wilby
Ye Three Fyshes       - Turvey
The Boot              - Wollaston
The Five Bells        - Riseley
The St.Johns Arms     - Melchbourne
The White Hart        - Stoke Goldington
The Vane Arms         - Sudborough   (Playing Time Restrictions).
The George            - Oundle
The Locomotive        - Wellingborough
The White Horse       - Tilbrook     (Playing Time Restrictions).
The White Hart - Gt. Staughton (Very Light Wood Pins !)

Plastic Pins & Cheeses. Non Purists Venues

The Bell & Bear       - Emberton
The Race Horse Inn    - Catworth
The Cock              - Pavenham
The Anchor            - Bedford
The Half Moon         - Kempston
The Royal George      - Stagsden

The Red Lion          - Bozeat
The Green Man         - Leighton Bromswold
The Swan              - Old Weston
Olde Three Cocks Inn  - Brigstock   (Playing Time Restrictions).
Dog & Partridge       - Titchmarsh  (Playing Time Restrictions).

Northamptonshire Table Skittles - No More

Ye Olde Plough, Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire (no longer have a table)
Axe & Compass, Ringstead (no longer have a table)
The Devonshire Arms, Dudley Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire (no longer have a table sub. Amanda Bertram, Feb 2003)
The Prince of Wales, Upper Dean, Bedfordshire (pub has closed)
The Plough, Felmersham, Bedfordshire (pub has closed)