The History of Croquet
The origins of croquet are obscure, but we do still know a few things about where croquet started and how it gained popularity.
Where was croquet invented?
It’s thought that the sport was invented in Ireland and introduced to England in the 1850s. You’ll notice that croquet is a French word – it’s believed that the French person discovered the sport when it was brought over to England from Ireland in the 1850s.
The invention and popularity of croquet greatly benefitted from the invention of lawnmowers in 1830 and their subsequent development as it meant lawns could be kept tidy, which is important for being precise when hitting the ball with the mallet.
In the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, croquet rapidly grew in popularity and became an agreeable pastime for the upper classes. It was a game played on equal terms by men and women, whether old or young. Perhaps some of its popularity is because it was the first game to allow both sexes to play together?