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History of Croquet.

John Jaques II won a place in sporting history and a Gold Medal for introducing Croquet into England and the World and making croquet sets a global success.


John Jaques II won a place in sporting history and a Gold Medal for introducing Croquet into England and the World

How History was made at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

Great Exhibition hall in London Croquet launch

Pictured above is the Inside of the Great Exhibition Hall In London. Jaques made croquet history here and John Jaques won a gold medal for his achievement.

The Croquet inventor, John Jaques II won a place in sporting history and a wonderful Gold Medal  (still in the families possession)for introducing Croquet into England at the Great Exhibition in 1851 - thus writing the history of Croquet. His display there attracted such wide attention that the game quickly became the vogue, not only in Britain but across Europe and throughout the British Empire. It was especially popular in India, reportedly played by The Viceroy himself with a solid ivory mallet, made by Jaques as part of their finest set. These historically important and wonderfully made Jaques Croquet sets are still available in our online Croquet store.


Jaques gold medal croquet sets

“Nothing but tobacco smoke has ever spread as rapidly” commented Dr Prior, an early enthusiast of the game of Croquet. Certainly Jaques and Son (as it was then called) had no trouble selling its Croquet equipment.  John Jaques II was regarded as the greatest authority on the game and in 1864 wrote and published Croquet; the Laws and Regulations of the Game, by which (with some revisions) croquet is still played today.


How Croquet Spread so Rapidly - The History of Croquet' success.

The origin and First mention of the word 'Croquet' is somewhat obscure — John Jaques the Second (JJ II) first glimpsed a distant version of it in Ireland and the etymology of the word ‘Croquet’ remains tantalizingly unresolved. But John Jaques II’s compilation of the first official rules and regulations in 1862 no doubt saved the sport from flying off in all directions and kept it firmly on the Croquet History path, as it seemed in danger of doing during those early years. Lewis Carroll, a Jaques Family relation and avid player at Oxford in the 1860s, reflected the potentially unruly nature of croquet in his memorable passage of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in which the balls were hedgehogs, the croquet mallets live ostriches, (flamingos appear in later versions), “and the soldiers had to double themselves up and stand on their hands and feet, to make the arches”.

Jaques Croquet manufacturing

jaques croquet set

Above ground in the real world, several firms began making Croquet equipment and tried to make the history books of croquet, but only John Jaques has survived from that period and continues to lead the market and fill the Pages of the History book of Croquet, offering superior Croquet equipment and Croquet Sets for all levels of play.

Discover more about the Jaques family history and how they have been teaching the world to play since 1795 and to Play croquet since 1851 please read through our Site.