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knur, knurl

A knot or burl, 1 in wood.
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The knur is the ball and can be made of wood or pot.
The type of knur used was agreed between the players before a match and may be dictated by the size of the ground to be played upon.
The last item of the equipment is the spel, which is a spring mechanism which, when tripped by the player's club, throws the knur in an upwards and forwards direction ready for striking.
The alternative to this is the gallows or pin, which offers the unusual alternative of striking at a stationary knur hung in a string some 14in from the ground.
It was common at such matches for contestants to hit their knur 200-300yds and in a scores match to strike every knur out of 30 rises.
I'm trying to track down knur and spell equipment for the Friends of Beaumont Park, who are holding a Yorkshire Gala Day on July 30 and a Heritage Day Gala on September 10 in the park.
On one or both occasions, says the Friends' co-ordinator Andrew Kitchen, it would be good to revive good old Yorkshire games such as knur and spell.
In June 1979 I was at what was probably the last national knur and spell championships at Stainland recreation ground, behind the Red Lion pub.
There's just one brief mention of an attempt to revive knur and spell in 1981, when Selwyn Schofield was world champion.
And we may have a clue as to where the authentic knur and spell equipment may reside.
Subsequently, the open ground was used for the old game of knur &spell, known locally as the poor man's golf.
Karvetti and Knurs (1985) observed the actual intake of 140 participants and later interviewed them by 24-hr recall.