Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The rooms and the racing crowd

The horse racing which took place on Claverton Down attracted sizable crowds and enormously wealthy owners and gamblers.

Many businesses in Bath sought to profit from this and the Assembly Rooms were no different. So when in 1772 there was as three day meeting in September the Upper Rooms put on a pre-season ball as described in this advert in the Bath Chronicle.


The were also Balls at Gyde's Lower Rooms on the Tuesday and Thursday Nights at the same price.

The racing took place on September the 21st through to Thursday the 24th on Claverton Down.

Those owners of horse raced included:

The enormously wealthy gambler, horse breeder and pimp Denis O'Kelly.

Sir Richard Bamfylde MP for Exeter.

Lady Bampfylde
by Sir Joshua Reynolds,
c.1776
Mr Wildman a very wealth meat wholesaler.

Edmund Boyle, 8th Earl of Cork

John Parker of Saltram house in Devon. A close friend of the Prince of Wales





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