FROM the Archive this week features a photograph of the Romilly Park bowling green in Barry.

Lord Romilly gave Barry a large tract of land for a park and for many years it was left without any development though it was recognised as an excellent spot for a park, with mature trees already in place.

In 1908 the bowling green was opened and by 1909 Romilly Bowling club had 120 members the sport being very popular in the town.

In 1910 a fence was placed around the bowling green at the request of the club though calls for a second bowling green were rejected by the council.

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The park at that time boasted of a bandstand, tennis lawn, a miniature fairy glen with running water and many flowers including foxgloves, snapdragons as well as rustic bridges and climbing roses.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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