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Quoits is one of the most ancient games still played in the UK and is reputed to have been played in the reign of King John (1199 - 1216)
(Though probably not in its present form)

Forget your rope rings and rubber quoits; these are the genuine article.

The standard dimensions of the quoits used in this area are 8 1/2 inches outside diameter, 5 1/2 inch hole and 5 1/4 pounds (2.4kg) in weight.
The Quoits are shaped with a slightly concave bottom and are described as having a ‘hill’ side and a ‘hole’ side.
These heavy steel rings are designed to be thrown 11 yards into traditional clay pits at a stake buried in the ground protruding 4 inches above the surface of the clay.

This ancient game is alive and well in these modern times and a number of leagues in the area still play on a regular basis. These include The Danby Invitation League, The North Yorkshire Moors League, The Cleveland League and  The Whitby  Indoor Quoits League, to name just four. The ringing sound of the steel quoit as it hits the metal pin is a familiar sound on balmy summer evenings in the North York Moors villages and elsewhere in the area.
During the winter months the Indoor Quoits League plays matches on a Monday night at The Whitby Rifle Club