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Archaeology InSites

Age of Stone
Age of Bronze
Age of Iron
Age of Invasion
Age of Warriors
Age of Worship
Age of Kings
Age of Clans
Age of Industry
Age of Leisure
Age of War
This Age

Age of Leisure

The Age of Leisure explores the pleasures of prosperity. Discover sites that show advances in science and in health, with a meteorological observatory atop the country's tallest mountain and a hydropathic sanatorium on the west coast. Learn about the earliest Tennis Court, and a Bowling and Golf Green's depicted on a rare military map in the Highlands. Study the evidence for the oldest surviving music hall in the world, or investigate the remains of an abandoned Art Deco style outdoor swimming pool on the edge of the sea. Read the story of a railway station that helped take workers away from the daily grind, or learn about the ongoing restoration of a lost Japanese style garden.

Tennis Court - Falkland Palace

Built for James V between 1539 and 1541, the Royal Tennis Court at Falkland Palace is believed to be the earliest surviving real tennis court in Britain. Its construction was contemporary with the remodelling of Falkland into a Renaissance palace, perhaps the most significant phase in its architectural history. It is the only 'roofless' real tennis court in active use and the sole surviving example of the earlier jeu quarré court design in the world. It is a category A listed building and is managed and maintained by The National Trust for Scotland.

Golf and Bowling Greens - Fort William, Highland

Within the archive of Historic Environment Scotland there is a rare military map of Fort William, commissioned by the Board of Ordnance and dating probably to the early 19th century. The buildings within the fort are annotated and a key describes the use of each structure: ‘new powder magazine’, ‘stable’ etc. The adjacent town is also shown in some detail, with houses, gardens and two burial grounds. In one respect the plan is particularly unusual for its type, as it depicts a Bowling Green to the north west of Fort William, and a Golf Green to the east.