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Traditionals games of Picardy


These various and varied games were meant to distract but also make exercise. A healthy mind in a healthy body.

The practice is already framed at this time, some games are only allowed on specific days on the year, for instance.


- Card games
- Games skills
- Sport games


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Card games:

Experts mention the invention of the card game in the 14th century, others believe to an older origin. In the trenches, the soldiers played cards. The most popular game was belote.


Belote :

A 32-card trick-taking game played in France and Germany also. A game also known the Swiss (the jass) and the Dutch (klaverjas). There are many variations and the rules of the game have evolved several times. A game appeared in France in the 1900s for 4 players.


Brisque :

The Brisque Game, a card game played in local cafes during the First World War. It tends to disappear.A deck of 32 cards for 2 people.


Manille :

A game of 32 cards for 2 or 4 players.


Piquet :

The "piquet" game, a game still played during 14 in our villages. A deck of 32 cards, the oldest known to date.


Games skills:


Game of frog:

This game is a kind of "pinball". It includes different racks numbered, in which it is necessary to launch metal discs to obtain a maximum of points.

Game of frog

Game of frog


Game of skittles:

The aim of this game is to remove a maximum of skittles by using a ball. The skittles are arranged in a specific way on a "quiller".


Game of plates:

You must throw wood plates on a long table while placing a maximum of plates in front of those of the adversary.


Sport games:


Ballon by fist

The game consists to throw the balllon with the fist, protected with a band of canvas or leather. Teams composed of 5 or 6 players compete on a 65 m long fields, delimited by a rope. To score points, the team must bounce the ball between the posts of the opposing side.

Competitions were organized in Vignacourt after the war but also in the neighboring villages. This game called "gain ground" is played outdoors in general.


Game of "choule" or "chole":

It was a game practiced with a leather ball filled with foam, whose origin dates back to the 12th century in France, but it was mainly played in Picardy.

The goal of this game was to make the ball touch the ground of the other side with the hands or the feet. The rules were different according to the municipalities.


Game of "guise":

The purpose is to throw again the "guise" (cylinder of wood sharpened on the 2 sides) using the bat of wooden.



Palm game - jeu de paume :

This game was the starting point of many games with a declination in different forms such as ball in hand, sieve ball, long palm and tennis.

This game, formerly called the king of games and the game of kings, was played in Versailles in a room specially designed for this occasion, the famous room "Salle du Jeu de Pomme". It was the entertainment of the great lords like the Count of Artois the future Charles X, he excelled in the matter.

This game was originally invented by monks who wanted to stretch their legs in the 13th century. The ball was returned by the palm of the hand to the opposing court. The players then used leather gloves and then wooden beaters, like those used in the past to do laundry in the wash houses by the stream.

This game was imported to England after the battle of Agincourt presumably, the French prisoners would have needed to do sport and they practiced this sport in the enclosure. It is the expression "tenez" used in the part, which will be transformed by "tennis" by a bad pronunciation of English. The 1st Wimbledon tournament took place in 1876, Roland-Garros in 1928 ... ;)