A little history
The first mention of the Game of the Goose comes from Francesco dei Medici, Grand Duke of Florence in Italy from 1574 to 1587. He sent a copy to King Philip II of Spain where it caused great excitement at the court, and the game spread rapidly to other parts of Europe.
Professor Murray reports in his book: "A History of Board Games other than Chess" (Oxford University Press, 1952) that it reached England by 1597, when John Wolfe entered "the newe and most pleasant game of the Goose" in the Stationers’ Register on June 16 (Arber, iii, 21).
In 1758 the Duchess of Norfolk planted a Game of Goose in hornbeam at Worksop, as mentioned by Horace Walpole (Letters, 1840, iii, 395). Such hedge designs were at the time popular among the European gentry, although instead of the Goose game’s spiral most were laid out as living Labyrinths, like the famous maze at Hampton Court.

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