Paper clipping from The John Dobson Collection

14 March 1901

Last Updated:  12 August 2013


Spell and knur is a game believed to have originated in the 14th century in the north of England.  The knur is a hardwood or pottery ball about the size of a walnut, whilst the spell is a stick with a hardwood end used for striking the knur.  The knur is sprung into the air from a trap and the objective is for the player to see how far they can hit the knur.

From Wikimedia Commons:  Engraving taken from George Walker's The Costume of Yorkshire, first published in 1814.

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