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Carr House
 

View of Carr House1, near Doncaster in Yorkshire, home of Leonard Childers, the breeder of the brothers Flying Childers (b c 1714 Darley Arabian) and Bartlet's Childers (b c 1716 Darley Arabian), two legendary progenitors of the thoroughbred racehorse.

 

A contemporary map shows that Carr House (or Carhouse as it was then called) sits slightly south east of Doncaster town, between the town and the race ground, as it was then.

The racecourse can be seen to be very different in nature to the one that followed shortly afterwards and is approximately the one used today, which, roughly speaking has its finishing post just above “J. Slovin” and is nearly two miles round (passing through the upper end of the previous course, on Rose Hill).

A carr is a low lying piece of open ground, often by a river, in the nature of a bog or moor in those days, though they were being rapidly drained, making for good, so-called "strong," farmland.

1 The photo appears in The History of the St. Leger Stakes by J. S. Fletcher, published in 1901.

 
 
 

 

 

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