Roseland Cottage

Wickets?

Look closely to the right of the urn, and right of the tree trunk to see two croquet wickets on the front lawn of Roseland Cottage. Later, after the purchase of the north lawn in 1872, croquet would be played there, along with the new game of  “badington babinton badminton,” which caused at least one Bowen—Clarence—some spelling distress, though he found it a “new and highly exciting out-door game.” This picture dates from the 1860s and is one half of a stereoscope image, and probably the first photograph of Roseland Cottage.  Notice there is no canopy yet on the porte cochere, but there is an awning.