History

“Horses for Courses” with a little bit of Hedon!

AN EXHIBITION at Skidby Windmill will have a small section on Hedon Racecourse.

Skidby Mill archiveThe exhibition “Horses for Courses” by the Skidby Windmill Volunteer Team opened this week. It looks at the sporting use of horses in the region, including the breeding of race horses by major local landowners such as Sir Tatton Sykes (1772-1863) of Sledmere House.

The display also covers the origins of important local racecourses, such as Beverley and Hedon and looks at major races such as the Kiplingcotes Derby and the Holderness Point to Point. The display will run until 3rd March 2015.

Information about Hedon Racecourse: Located to the west of Hedon, it was opened in 1888 and served by its own railway station (Hedon Halt) which brought hundreds of visitors every race day. Apparently at the time it had one of the longest ‘straights’ in the country. After 10-12 years popularity of the Races waned and racing had stopped by 1909-10. The land then became attractive to enthusiasts of a new craze that was sweeping the country at that time – flying! And Hedon Aerodrome would soon be constructed – More information available from Hedon Museum

Skidby Mill at Skidby, Cottingham, HU16 5TF is open daily 10am to 5pm (last admissions 4.15pm).

Adults: £2.50,
Concessions: £1.50
Children over 5: £1.25
Children under 5: Free

For further information please call the mill reception on 01482 848405.

Visit: Skidby Mill

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