Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1727

By: Karl Stern (@dragonkingkarl, @wiwcool, karl@whenitwascool.com)

Much of the text of this entry comes from issue 82 of the DragonKing Press Newsletter available as a downloadable .pdf in the digital downloads section.


Sir Thomas Parkyns, a friend of Sir Isaac Newton, writes a manual of wrestling: The Inn Play or Cornish Hugg Wrestler.  Sir Thomas Parkyns himself was allegedly a wrestler.

The following is a quote about Sir Thomas Parkyns:  “This remarkable man”, says Everard Guilford, “is best known for his passion for wrestling, which he encouraged by the institution of annual wrestling matches held on a piece of ground, now in the gardens of the ‘Rancliffe Arms’. He published a book called Inn Play, or Cornish Hugg Wrestler (1727), made a collection of stone coffins, and was buried in one of them, while over him is erected a monument, which he had made during his lifetime, representing him as a wrestler overcome by death.”

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A page from The Inn Play or Cornish Hugg Wrestler by Sir Thomas Parkyns.

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Sir Thomas Parkyns memorial in England.

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