We have a mission: to follow the route of an old 1940s board game around Great Britain, sticking to the instructions as closely as we possibly can. Along the way we will look at the history of the places we visit, with a particular focus on how things have changes since the tour was created around 70 years ago.
In this post I am going to take a look at the game instructions that we have to follow and the locations on the board. So let’s start with a simple list of all the locations on the board, including everything. That means the specific locations on the squares on the board, plus anything pictured around the board and any illustrated locations. Where the locations are on squares, I have included the number of the square in brackets:
Houses of Parliament, London (start and end)
HMS Victory, Portsmouth Dockyards
The Hoe, Plymouth
St Ives (20)
Stevenson’s Menai Bridge (47)
Gretna Green (65)
The Forge Gretna Green
Tam O’Shanter Inn Ayr
Forth Bridge (84)
Sir Walter Scott’s Monument Edinburgh
Durham Cathedral Sanctuary Knocker
Old Walls and Minster York
Great Yarmouth (110)
..and then back to London.
But that’s not quite the whole story, because the game comes with instructions. So, for example, we don’t just have to visit Dover, but have to travel there via the old Roman road Watling Street, look through a telescope at the coast of France, and throw a six (and yes, we will be taking the original dice [“die” if you insist] that comes with the game and rolling it when instructed at the locations!).
Images of the instructions are included with this blog post. So we have our plan:
(1) Visit every location on the board, either illustrated on one of the squares.
(2) Follow all the instructions that are included with the game.
(3) Photograph the game board at every location.
(4) Investigate the history of each location.
(5) Make a comparison between each location today and how it would have appeared to a tourist at the time the game was made (late 1940s), where appropriate.
In the next post we will look at all the specific instructions for every location, and then we will embark on our tour!
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