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    Default Site of the 'Bowling Green', Mount Pleasant

    Was this the birthplace of William Roscoe, poet?
    [EDIT: see posts #11 & 12 for the birthplace of Roscoe.]

    The map shows a house (or houses) with a Bowling Green attached to the rear of it. [EDIT] There is a possibility that this could be the later New Bowling Green Inn run by William Roscoe's father.


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    This is the site today. You can see that it is reasonably flat, and would of commanded great views of the town before the land was built up around it. The Inn was on (or very close to) the site of the Antram Hotel, Mount Pleasant.

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    [EDIT: map updated following new information.]
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    Here's the bowling green site on a later 1848-64 OS map [LRO]

    Notice that the lanes conform to the old boundaries of the Green. One is so named 'Green Lane', on the east. 'May Street' is the western boundary, and 'Pleasant Street' was the northern boundary, which was an extention of 'Lydia Anne Street' which dates from the time of the green [see 1795 map].

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    Hi Daz

    A very interesting enquiry. It might appear to me though, going by the 1795 Palmer period map, the tavern was halfway between Rodney Street and the bend in the road that is still there, as shown on Google Maps, i.e., the bend in the road is around where May Street runs north toward Pleasant Street. I would therefore put the tavern and bowling green somewhat further west of the hotel, north of and opposite, quite appropriately, Roscoe Street. By the way, wouldn't it seem likely that Green Lane, running parallel to Mount Pleasant and behind the row of houses that included the hotel, got its name from the bowling green?

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    Hi Chris,

    I would venture no more than one house block further west than shown, to agree with the Palmer map. Let me put some more information on the map and see if we concur?

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    Thanks, Daz. It occurs to me that the western boundary of the bowling green and of the tavern property might be present-day May Street, as you indicate on your schematic.

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    Hi Chris,

    This is as accurate as I can make it, based on Palmer's engraving of 1795. It places the tavern between May Street and Roscoe Street [on the opposing side]. William Roscoe's father was a 'market gardener'. The land surrounding the green may have been under his care as well. There's little doubt that 'Green Lane' was named after the bowling green on the site, as you suggested earlier.

    The [EDIT] houses, possible tavern was opposite where John and Cynthia married at 64 Mount Pleasant, and the neighbouring property [towards the city].

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