Updated: Oct 24
Round Britain, The Road Safety Game, Successor to Belisha, A Pepys Game
First Published: 1955, A Pepys Game, Castell Brothers Ltd., St.Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited
Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet
There are 4 suits of 8 cards each. Each set is grouped according to their distance from London. There are also 6 Good Road Behaviour cards, 5 Bad Road Behaviour cards plus 1 Joker, a map of all the locations outside London.
Round Britain cards: Black Numbers, in or around London - Buckingham Palace, Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, Entrance to The Tower of London, The Tower Bridge, Wembley Stadium, London Airport, Windsor Castle.
Round Britain cards: Green Numbers, 25-100 Miles From London - Henley: The Regatta, Magdalen Tower: Oxford, Silverstone: Grand Prix Race, Portsmouth: H.M.S. Victory, Dover Castle, Stonehenge, The Rufus Stone in the New Forest, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre: Stratford-Upon-Avon,
Round Britain cards: Red Numbers, 200-250 miles from London - Kenilworth Castle, Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge, Chatsworth: Derbyshire, Widnes Transporter Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal, Entrance to Mersey Tunnel: Liverpool, York Minster, Blackpool Tower, King Arthur's Castle: Tintagel, Cornwall
Round Britain cards: White Numbers, Over 250 miles from London - Caernarvon Castle, The Great Rail Junction: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Lake District: Ashness Bridge and Derwent Water, The Blacksmith's Shop: Gretna Green*, Edinburgh Castle, The Forth Bridge, The Launch of the Queen Mary at Clydebank, Loch Lomond.
Round Britain cards: Bad Behaviour: Chasing into the road past a parked lorry, Not using the Zebra, Chasing his ball into the road without looking carefully, Forgetting that cars must be given time to slow down, Not keeping their dog under control. Good Behaviour: Giving a clear signal in plenty of time, Before crossing - Stop! Look! Think!, Riding in single file - never cycle two abreast in busy traffic
Round Britain cards: Good Behaviour: Walking on the right of the road facing traffic, Crossing after the policeman has told them to cross, Crossing a country road when it is clear.
Round Britain was published as the "successor to Belisha". The game has more to do with road safety than its predecessor and was approved by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
On the back of the rules are "some interesting notes on some of the cards". One of these, Red No 1 is incorrect. Rex Pitts noted that in later printings the mistake had been removed. It took me a while to find a corrected version, in a pack with an envelope base, so the mistaken one must have been in circulation for quite some time. The rules variants that I found en route are below.
Game & Version Details
Round Britain - Card Back
Round Britain - Rules Front
Round Britain - Rules Back
In the notes, Red 1 reads: "Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned and beheaded at Kenilworth Castle in 1587."
Round Britain - Rules Variant
Round Britain - Rules Variant
Round Britain - Rules Variant with Corrected Notes
In the notes, Red 1 has been removed. The actual place of Mary Queen of Scots trial and 1587 execution was Fotheringhay Castle in Northants.
Round Britain - Box Back
Round Britain - Box Top
Round Britain - Box Side Left
Round Britain - Box Base
Round Britain - Variant Box Base
Envelope style, later base
Round Britain - Box Side Right
Round Britain - Box Back With Flap