Horse Racing

Horse Racing

This is a photo from Sunday, when after the Hospice in The Weald 10K Charity Run, there was a Panto Horse race on the Lower Cricket pitch, over looking London Road.

Tunbridge Wells Common used to have a race course for real horses, with a two day race meeting every August. The race course is shown on a 1738 map, and racing ceased in 1851, due to the rowdy behaviour it encouraged. The Princess Victoria visited in 1834, before she became Queen, and in the year of her visit both gambling and drinking were banned.

The race course can still be seen, and general horse riding is allowed on the Common during the summer, see signs for details. For entertainment I think the town of Tunbridge Wells will have to make do with the Panto Horse racing, with no gambling or drinking!

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