Conkers is a game that dates back as far as 1821, the first ever recorded game of Conkers was played on the Isle of Wight in 1848, and Britain is believed to be the only country in the world where the game of conkers is traditionally played with horse chestnuts in the autumn.
From the 1850s using horse chestnuts was frequently mentioned in certain regions, as the game grew in popularity throughout the 20th century. Regionally, Conkers are also known as obblyonkers, cheggies* or cheesers. In D.H. Lawrence’s book Sons and Lovers, the game is referred to as cobblers by William More.
The name may come from the dialect word conker, meaning “knock out” (perhaps related to French conque meaning a conch (snail shells and small bits of string were originally used to play) .
In 1965 the world Conker championships took place in Ashton, Northamptonshire, the event still takes place annually on the second Sunday of October.