The Cotswold Olimpick Games is an annual public celebration of games and
sports held near Chipping Campden, in the Cotswolds of England. They
probably began in 1612, and have continued on and off since
(1636 depiction shown). They were started by a local lawyer, Robert
Dover, with the approval of King James. Events included horse-racing,
coursing with hounds, running, dancing, sledgehammer throwing, fighting
with swords, and wrestling. By the time of James's death in 1625, many
Puritan landowners had forbidden their workers to attend, and the
outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642 brought the Games to an end.
Revived after the Restoration of 1660, they gradually degenerated into a
drunk and disorderly country festival. They ended again in 1852, when
the common land on which they had been staged was partitioned and
enclosed. Since 1966 the Games have been held each year on the Friday
after Spring Bank Holiday. Events have included the tug of war,
gymkhana, shin-kicking, dwile flonking, motor cycle scrambling, judo,
piano smashing, and morris dancing. The British Olympic Association has
recognised the Cotswold Olimpick Games as "the first stirrings of
Britain's Olympic beginnings".
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotswold_Olimpick_Games>
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