The Dart Board

The following is another version of where the dart board originated from. I discovered this in an old publication, unfortunately the cover has been removed so I am unable to ascertain the author or publishers.

One popular theory of the origin of the dart board was a keg of a turned on its side. On the bottom of the keg were three concentric circles. An off duty archer through his broken Arrow, scoring…

(3) if it landed in the inner circle, giving us the modern day triple
(2) if it landed in the middle circle giving us the modern day double, and
(1) if it landed in the outer circle.

As time passed, more and more dart boards were developed, for example: the Manchester board has no triples but has two bull's-eyes. The most commonly used is that London board. This is the board used in national and international tournaments, and this is the board from which the games in this book have been devised.

The standard London board is 45.7 cm across 18 inches and the scoring area from the outermost ring (double to double) is 21 cm in diameter or 8.25 inches; the inner bull is a circle 1.3 cm in diameter or .05 inches and the outer bull is a circle of 3.2 cm in diameter or 1.25 inches; normal scoring for inner bull is 50, and for an outer of bull 25.

The number 20 is black and stands at the top of the board. The distance from the centre of the inner bull vertically to the floor is 1.73 cm or 5'8" and “oche" or “hockey" is set up as a marker for the player throwing must stand behind this or The throw is invalid. The distance at which the oche or hockey is set is 2.37 metres or 7 feet, 9.25 inches from the face of the dart board.