Historical Curling Places
Latest Update: February 2020 - Significant System Update:
What were formerly webpages containing supporting information are now Google Documents. While this update was primarily carried out for future-proofing purposes, it also provides significant improvements with regard to Searching within the system and Printing. See the ‘Using Maps and Databases’ page for more information on using the new system.
This site is dedicated to information on Historical Curling Places. It acts as a portal to 2 databases containing site data on identified places where curling took place at some point in the past along with their associated maps - one database/map for Scotland and the other for England/Wales/Ireland. There is a separate page on this site (see menu above) for each of those two databases/maps, but they both operate in exactly the same way.
When on either of these pages, there are 2 main ways of using the system:
- The first method is to simply pan and zoom around the map, selecting a place of interest and following its link to discover more information via that place's associated web page
- The second method is to perform a text search on the supporting documents and artefacts in order to find a place or places of interest.
A Curling Place is included in a database using the following criteria:
- Either the place is marked as a Curling Pond on an old map
- Or there is evidence of play there from a Minute Book, a newspaper article or a Royal Club Annual
- Or there is oral evidence from a local source
For those wanting greater understanding, the system is described in more detail on the 'Using Maps & Databases' page.