Book review: The heath and the horse: a history of racing and art on Newmarket Heath

Huggins, Mike (2016) Book review: The heath and the horse: a history of racing and art on Newmarket Heath. International Journal of the History of Sport, 33 (6-7). pp. 772-773.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2016.1156334

Abstract

A book on Newmarket Heath and its racing might seem at first sight merely another example of the local history of sport, but this is far more than a local history. Newmarket's various racecourses across the Heath and associated buildings have been key sites in terms of the history of British horseracing since the 1660s, albeit slightly less popular around 1740 and again in a brief collapse in its fortunes from the 1830s up to the 1850s. So this coffee-table-size book is particularly welcome in providing an outstandingly well-researched and written account of its history. There is much to praise about its comprehensive and thoughtfully analytical coverage. As a cultural historian of racing myself, I still found much to interest me and material that offered new and original insights.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of the History of Sport
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1743-9035
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of the Arts > Humanities
Additional Information: Mike Huggins, Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at the University of Cumbria, reviews the book: 'The heath and the horse: a history of racing and art on Newmarket Heath', by Timothy Cox and David Oldrey (Palace House, Newmarket, ISBN 9781781300237).
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 16:22
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 10:55
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2622

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