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Adam Fozzard and brother Rack playing 'Knurr and Spell'

Subject ID:
West Ardsley
Subject Year:
David Atkinson Archive
Class number:
wa 164
Adam Fozzard and brother Rack playing
Undated. View of brothers Adam, left, and Rack (Armitage)Fozzard, right, playing a game of 'Knurr and Spell.' This is a traditional pub game where the knurr, a hard ceramic ball about the size of a golf ball is placed with the Spell. The spell is a mechanised device which holds the Knurr and is tripped when the stick pressed a lever. The ball is thrown upwards and forwards and the object of the game is to hit it as hard and as far as possible with the stick. Around the Barnsley area the stick was known as a pummel, and sometimes the Knurr was known as a potty. The game needed plenty of space and it is thought to have declined when fields and open spaces were gradually built on with factories and housing estates. The Fozzard brothers were born in West Ardsley in the 1870s, Adam Fozzard was at one time the landlord of the White Horse public house. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.

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