"they had their beer and skittles presumably of an evening"
A set of traditional English skittles
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA set of traditional English skittles - Credit: Kokai, Wikimedia Commons

Virginia Woolf's narrator speculates on how those who built the University buildings would have spent their leisure time.

Since medieval times, beer has been brewed and drunk in Britain, and versions of the game skittles (or ninepins) have been played.

Tavern Scene
Public DomainTavern Scene - Credit: David Teniers ll









The  contemporary version of skittles is known as ten-pin bowling: