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Have you been to Much Wenlock?

Regarded by many as the inspiration or birthplace of the modern Olympic Games, for the efforts of Dr. William Penny Brookes. The first games were held there in 1850, and in 1877 a special event was organized to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee,

http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/history/re-birth-modern-olympic-games/

The Much Wenlock Olympian Games continue to this day, although this year's early July event has ( understandably) been canceled.

I am curious if anyone has visited this village to explore its history.

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Hi Lola -

I’ve been to Much Wenlock, quite a few years back now - it was for a reunion of our Nepal Trekking group, so we spent much of the weekend out walking, Wenlock Edge and the like and the surrounding area even though the weather wasn’t the best. Only there a couple of days so don’t remember much other than it is quite a small place.

My main memories of the town itself was my friend buying a semi resonator guitar from a local shop and then working the nerve up to tell his wife! Also we went to the pub to watch England playing rugby in the Six Nations Championships on the pub TV. If there’s an odd dent in the low wooden beams of the pub, it’s from where I jumped up and punched the air when England scored. I actually punched the beam, hurt quite a bit at the time as I recall! I remember going past the fields where the ‘Olympics’ took and take place.

Other than that, it didn’t make a huge impression on me, but as I said we weren’t there that long and didn’t spend a huge amount of time in the town itself.

Ian

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Thanks, Ian! So you stayed in the town overnight?

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Hi Lola -

Yes, we would have stayed at least two nights. It’s so long ago, I can’t remember exactly where we stayed, but that could also be down to the two other factors of these weekends....alcohol and poor judgement!

Ian

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We were going to visit Much Wenlock but had to cancel when my husband got sick. I will say, we were staying close in Bridgnorth which I absolutely loved! Love the area around there - we used Bridgnorth as our base and so many interesting places to see!!!

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I think that was Coventry not Much Wenlock, at least that's the usual version.

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Nick - I'm a bit confused by your comment about Coventry. Can you explain it please?

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In a post that has now been deleted an individual mistakenly identified Much Wenlock as the home of Lady Godiva. Now that that post has been deleted the reply to it looks a little out of place.

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And thank you everyone for your comments. Sounds like a nice off-the-beaten-path place to see.

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Lola, Yes I have. 9-12-2009 my sister and I stayed at a B&B called The Washouse run Keith and Lynn. We walked around the town and if Id known more of its history we might have stayed longer. As it is, it was a cute, convenient stop between Glastonbury and Ironbridge Gorge.