The Conker is the seed of the Horse Chestnut Tree
Conkers is a traditional children’s game in Britain and Ireland.
The name ‘conker’ is also applied to the seed and to the tree itself. The game is played by two players, each with a conker threaded onto a piece of string: they take turns striking each other’s conker until one breaks.
The first mention of the game is in Robert Southey’s memoirs published in 1821. He describes a similar game, but played with snail shells or hazelnuts. It was only from the 1850s that using Horse Chestnuts was regularly referred to in certain regions. The game grew in popularity in the 20th century, and spread beyond England.
The first recorded game of Conkers using Horse Chestnuts was on the Isle of Wight in 1848
In 1965 the World Conker Championships were set up in Ashton (near Oundle) Northamptonshire, England, and still take place on the second Sunday of October every year. In 2004, an audience of 5,000 turned up to watch more than 500 competitors from all over the world.
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