"Wrestling-matches, in the differing fashions of Cornwall and Devonshire, were seen here and there"
Cornish wrestling
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Devon and Cornwall are adjacent counties lying on the south-west coast of England which, in centuries gone by, had very strong wrestling traditions. In many respects, Devonian and Cornish styles were similar but whereas in the latter the emphasis was on overthrowing your opponent, the former relied far more on footwork. Not only was kicking below the knee allowed (all kicking was banned in the Cornish version), but special hardened shoes were developed for the purpose. This frequently resulted in badly bloodied shins and, on a few occasions, death.

Devon and Cornwall on a map of south-west England
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDevon and Cornwall on a map of south-west England - Credit: MRSC