I was surprised to read an article in a British Newspaper about a Primary school head master seeking permission from parents to introduce conkers to the students. The game had apparently been removed from most schools for health reasons. Not surprising then that the students had no idea how the game was played. When I went to school in the early 1950’s CONKERS was huge, just about every boy wielded one at play time, lunch time and coming and going to school and while waiting for the bus. The famous conker is actually just a common and plentiful Horse Chestnut that are found on the ground at this time of year. We searched for the biggest and hopefully the toughest nuts to challenge in the game of conkers. A hole was driven through the center then a piece of string threaded through the hole, about 15 inches long, knotted at the bottom so the conker didn’t slide off. Then we raced off to challenge other conkers in a battle to the death. If your conker broke the opponents it became a oner, if you broke a second conker yours became a twoer and so on. We had many methods for toughening the conker, I soaked mine in vinegar then baked it in the oven. I once reached the dizzy heights of owning an elevener!!! when it finally broke a large chunk hit me on the nose causing it to bleed. Those wonderful days of old!!!!

Hope you take a minute to read the newspaper article.

God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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3 Responses to Conkers????

  1. Tony Miles. says:

    Half way through reading this blog regarding conkers, I was getting excited to let you know that I soaked mine in vinegar and baked it in the oven, only to read further down that you did the same. Damn it!

  2. irishroverpei says:

    There I was thinking it was a top secret recipe for conkers that only I knew

  3. baconburner says:

    Not sure if I posted twice? In Aberdeen if a boys father had access to fisherman’s brine or Trawler Varnish a soaking and overnight drying certainly strengthened the CONKER. Memory fails me whether I ever had an elevener….Thanks for the Memory amigo

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