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History of Croquet.

Historic croquet drawing

John Jaques II won a place in sporting history and a Gold Medal for introducing the Popular Game of Croquet at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

Who Wrote Croquet History?

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.

Vintage Croquet Label

A croquet label that made croquet history and won John Jaques two Gold Medals for Croquet at the great exhibition anniversary in 1862 in London.

A Popular Game.
“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 Croquet Name
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”.