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It occurs to me that there are too many that maybe do not check out the correspondence pages here. They are missing some quite fascinating subjects, plus of course they are in no position to help enquirers. That being so, the latest correspondence item will now always appear on this home page as well as with the archived correspondence. I must stress again to readers, that we are a LOCAL HISTORY society, NOT A FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY. If the Jockey Club and the National Horseracing museum cannot help you find your jockey/stablelad relative we have no chance anyway. I do know from personal experience the only way to accurately compile your family tree is to spend serious money. Without the proper documentation via subscription web sites, you are probably wasting your time. It is a specialised subject that needs specialised help.

Back to correspondence this time a subject after my own heart, tracing a grave, but this time a very famous race horse. Sceptre was a filly that won four classics in 1902 for Bob Sievier who owned and trained her. She was only 4th in the Derby.

19th October 2021

I am researching the life and career of the legendary race-mare SCEPTRE with a view to writing a book about her. She died at Exning Stud - then part of Lord Glanely's Exning estate - in 1926 and, according to all sources I've found thus far, was buried there.
The Stables and Stud, I think, have been demolished. Does anyone in the Society know of any grave-site for Sceptre in the grounds? Or of any local reference to one in the past? Any pointers would be most appreciated and acknowledged within the book.
Many thanks. Yours sincerely, Michael Tanner, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

webmaster.....As ever, If anyone can help, I can arrange contact with Michael.

There are copies available again of the late Rodney Vincent's book about his childhood in 1920's-1940's Woodditton
Available by contacting either the Treasurer or Webmaster... cost ...including post/packaging ..£10
Special discounted price if you arrange to pick one up

Planned addition..a section for the history of Newmarket Schools...HELP NEEDED... with several projects.

Now that so many people carry a camera with them at all times (well most seem to have a suitable mobile phone in constant use), can you all please try to make point of photographing your surroundings, not just selfies! Before this lock down it was was hard to keep track of the various businesses that had been replaced along the High Street and other places in town. I fear that may well be accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 on commerce. It seems as if even a half yearly record of the shop fronts is not sufficient, some ventures appeared and disappeared in a matter of weeks. If you see an unfamiliar name over a shop, snap it, and pass it on please.
If you see a shop is about to change hands, or a premises are to be demolished, please record it while you can. If we do not record these changes now, there is no way researchers in the future will be able to fill the gaps. The following will give you a clue as to some gaps we have come across in our own research.

Peter and Tony desperately need photos of Cheapside clothing shop and its successor, Woottons Hardware, in Wellington Street, Percy Hammond's articulated horse box, the Turf Tavern in Granby Street and the Albion Stores aka The Pelican on the corner of Albion Street and Wellington Street.

Copyright..the images on this site are mostly from the collection of Peter Norman, but hopefully all sources will be credited.
However so many were given to us and to Peter by unrecorded persons or found on numerous websites with no source given. Anyone with concerns over their copyright should contact us so that hopefully all can be amicably agreed.

The Society meets every third Tuesday of the month from September to April at 7.30 pm (doors open 7 pm) at The Stable, High Street, Newmarket (unless otherwise noted) when we have a visiting speaker. During the summer months (except August when there is no meeting) we usually arrange trips to local places of historic interest. The December meeting is for members only...click here for calendar

It is YOUR Society, so let us have YOUR ideas of what subjects or speakers you would like us to try and book.
If you know of someone whose talk would suit us, please let Sandra know.


COMMITTEE for 2021-2022

Newmarket Local History Society - Committee Members (from 21st September 2021)
Chair - Sandra Easom chair@newmarketlhs.org.uk
Vice-Chair - vacant
Secretary - Abigael Brand secretary@newmarketlhs.org.uk
Data Protection Officer - t.b.a.
Treasurer - Christy Argyroudi treasurer@newmarketlhs.org.uk

Committee Members - Joan Shaw, David Staff, Kathy Staff and David Rippington.

Other supporters (non-committee members): Researcher & Webmaster - Tony Pringle.


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