An early literary reference to the game was in 1786.
The earliest reference to a building on the site is in 1295.
What people do is find the earliest reference they can.
An early written reference to the new town occurs in 1573.
The earliest reference to the game being played there is in 1781.
The earliest English reference appears to be in a will of 1259.
The earliest references to an estate go back to 1501.
An early reference to the file was in a post on the net.
The present building dates from 1845, with the earliest reference to a church at the site being 1554.
This is the earliest reference to the English language "ball".