The Cotswold Olympicks


Image from 1636 depicting the Cotswold Games first held in 1612. Robert Dover, founder of the games, is on horseback, carrying a wand. The castle with the cannon is made from canvas painted to look like stone. Our tent is the third from the left.

These tents are in a civil context, the hill is above Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. This is what it looks like now.

Dovers Hill

Dover’s Hill on a sunny day in 2006

The event has continued and is still held today – but guys, the woodcut shows a Tudor form of wrestling, not shin-hacking.

My review of the book of the games is here.


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