The Wenlock Olympian Games, dating from 1850, are a forerunner of the modern Olympic Games. They are organised by the Wenlock Olympian Society, and are held each year in Much Wenlock in Shropshire, England. One of the two mascots for the London 2012 Summer Olympics has been named Wenlock in honour of the Wenlock Olympian Games.
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... On 25 February 1850 the Wenlock Agricultural Reading Society resolved to establish a class called The Olympian Class - "for the promotion of the moral, physical and intellectual ... The secretary of the class and driving force behind the Olympian Games was Dr William Penny Brookes who was inspired to create these events after he read of the premature deaths ... The first meeting was held at Wenlock racecourse on 22–23 October 1850 ...
... William Penny Brookes was born in Much Wenlock, where his father, William Brookes, was a local doctor ... for about six months before returning home to Much Wenlock at the end of February 1831 ... When he arrived back at Much Wenlock in 1831, he returned to the family home and took over his father's large medical practice ...
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