The Forgotten Olympic Founder — Dr William Penny Brookes

The Shropshire GP who helped restart the modern Olympic Games

Plaque commemmorating Dr William Penny Brookes in St Mary’s Church, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, Uk © Simon Whaley

Who started the modern Olympic Games movement? Was the Greeks? Nope. The Americans? Nope. What about the Chinese? Nah.

In fact, if it wasn’t for a man born 215 years ago in the small Shropshire market town of Much Wenlock, the France 2024…



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