Wenlock and the Olympics

The story of Wenlock, our lovely London 2012 Olympic mascot.

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The small country town of Much Wenlock is about 160 miles north-west of London, and was the site of a priory dating back to 690AD. There is also evidence of a Saxon royal abbey. Due to its location near the Welsh border, it also grew into a thriving market town. But it is in the year 2012 that this little town in Shropshire has been put firmly on the map, as its history is intricately linked to the Olympic Games.

In the mid-1800s, Dr William Penny Brookes, a true Victorian gentleman, who enjoyed the ‘manly sport of the outdoors’, put a case forward for the “reinstitution of the games of our forefathers … to maintain that good feeling between high and low, rich and poor, which happily for us is the national characteristic of Old England”. The town’s folk embraced Dr Brookes’ idea and since 1850, Much Wenlock has hosted…

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