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Sunday, 6 July 2014


The first reference was made to the game of conkers in 1653 when it was recorded that boys were playing with ‘cob nuts strung upon a ribbon’.

The first record of conkers being played with horse chestnuts comes from the Isle of Wight in 1848. Before that it was played with snails.

In D. H. Lawrence's book Sons and Lovers, the game is referred to as cobblers by William More.

Hardening conkers is often done by keeping them for a year, baking them briefly, soaking or boiling in vinegar, or painting with clear nail varnish.

Such hardening is usually regarded as cheating. At the British Junior Conkers Championships on the Isle of Wight in October 2005, contestants were banned from bringing their own conkers due to fears that they might harden them.

Source Wikipedia

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