The club was officially opened on a lovely summer’s day in May 1881, although it appears to have been in existence since October 1871 and original located on what was the Accrington to Burnley Turnpike Road, which eventually became the Burnley Road we all know today. On its inauguration day the club already had 150 private members who competed for a pair of bowls donated by the Committee, who then referred to bowling as “a healthful exercise”.
The original land was not fit for purpose, consequently the first 30 to 40 members of the club, all working men, had to raise the funds and provide the time to lay the original green, which was by no means perfect. Then at some time in the clubs future it was re-laid and continued to improve until Accrington Corporation decided to widen the old road and compulsory purchased a section of the Bowling Green, to create what is now Burnley Road.
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