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Durham, Races

Durham, Races

Artist: Samuel Hieronymus Grimm

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f.131

Length: 18.5

Width: 29.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

An outline view in ink of the racecourse at Durham. Races had been held here since the 17th century at least. Meets were very popular with people throughout the North East - on 14 April 1873 a crowd of 80,000 people attended, bringing the city to a standstill. This led to a desperate shortage of accommodation, so many of the townsfolk offered their homes as lodgings for the night. The grounds have not been used as a racecourse for most of the 20th century.

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