Sport: At Tinsley Green

The marbles for which England is most famed are the Elgin marbles, a collection of Greek sculptures which Lord Elgin plucked from the Parthenon at Athens in the early 19th Century, now one of the most noteworthy possessions of the British Museum. To the natives of the little village of Tinsley Green, however, the Elgin marbles are nothing at all. The marbles they talk about are the lively glassies and marididdles that determine the annual marbles championship of England, oldest sporting event in the Kingdom. Through 18 reigns, since a day in 1588...

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