Over the jumps 1870s style

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With this year’s race calendar getting underway last week at Market Rasen Racecourse, it seemed a fitting time to show this picture from the town’s racing past.

Back in the 1800s, races took place at various sites on the outskirts of town.

This picture was taken in Caistor Road, where, from 1876, Brewster’s Park, as it was known locally, became the permanent site of the races until the present ground was bought 1924.