Nine Men’s Morris has been around since Roman times and was very popular in medieval England.
The board consists of a grid with twenty-four interesections or points. Each player has nine pieces, or “men”, usually coloured black and white. Players try to form ‘mills'— three of their own men lined horizontally or vertically—allowing a player to remove an opponent’s man from the game. A player wins by reducing the opponent to two pieces, or by leaving him without a legal move.
The game proceeds in three phases:
placing men on vacant points
moving men to adjacent points
(optional phase) moving men to any vacant point when a player has been reduced to three men
Images: (top) A 13th century illustration in Libro de los juegos of the game being played with dice, (bottom) Visitors to Beamish Museum in north-east England can see this board fixed to the top of a chest in Pockerley Old Hall
Day 54 of 365 by markleeming_2000
Day 54 of 365. This is another photo from Beamish, this time of teh path to one of the pit workers cottages. The cottages were small and crowded and were fronted by a small area of land where vegetables would be grown. The structure in the midground is a greenhouse. These were cobbled together from whatever was at hand, which gave them a distinctive look. I liked the path leading to the busy shed and yet again B&W seemed best for this vintage theme.