Dodie's Dream World - Complete Chaos! xxx
Thu, 18 Mar 2010
The Cheltenham Festival is on, come join in the fun|
SAXON ENGLAND AND WE ARE IN
" AS YOU ALL KNOW IT'S BEEN THE
CHELTENHAM RACES THIS WEEK, SO I THOUGHT I WOULD
LOOK ABOUT FOR A FEW OLD CHELTENHAM MEMORIES.
SO HERE GOES." DODIE
Flat race meeting in Cheltenham took place in 1815
on Nottingham Hill,
with the first races on Cleeve Hill in August 1818.
soared over the next decade with crowds of 30,000
Racecourse for its annual two day July meeting
featuring the Gold Cup,
a 3m flat race.
In 1829, Cheltenham's Parish Priest, Reverend
Francis Close, preached the evils of horse racing
and aroused such
strong feeling amongst his congregation that the
race meeting in 1830
was disrupted. Before the following year's meeting
the grandstand was
burnt to the ground! .
The Grandstand was
rebuilt and the rest is history so to speak. Many
small changes have been made over the years and if
you ever get the chance to attend the Festival week
be assured you will have a wonderful experience.
Cheltenham has been welcoming
visitors for nearly three hundred
years, ever since the discovery of the first
natural spring. The very
first Cheltenham Guide on 1781 described a visit to
the town as "a
journey of health and pleasure". According to
legend the first
medicinal waters were discovered when pigeons were
noticed pecking at
salty deposits which had formed around a spring on
the present site of
Cheltenham Ladies College.
King George III came for
five weeks to take the water cure; he was followed
by many aristocratic
and distinguished figures of the period, and
transformation into a fashionable resort
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