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The Recollections of a Nineteenth Century Whipper-in

Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Written by: Venture in conversation with Bailys Hunting Directory

Writing under the name Venture a whipper-in of some considerable experience recounts his life with hounds to an interviewer in the last few years of the nineteenth century Yes, sir! I’ve been at the game twenty-two years now and am keener than ever. Many a time, as a lad, I ran with the York and...

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Peterborough Hound Show 1884

For the seventh annual Hound Show at Peterborough, cool winds and a cloudy sky, with slight showers, preceded a brilliant day, so there was no need for covert coats or mackintoshes after twelve o’clock. Every man was at his post by eleven, excepting one, who received quite an ovation when his train allowed him to...

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A Brief History of Hunt Dinners and Hunt Breakfasts

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2021
Written by: W,C.A.B

The mention of a hunt breakfast carries one back to the days of pigtails and long jour­neys on horseback. No matter how early the hour at which a man had to start from his home, his pigtail had to be arranged, an operation which occupied a con­siderable time. Then he set out on an unclipped...

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Some Notes on Ben Capell

Born on 4th September 1860, at Quorn  a village in Leicetershire, Ben Capell was entered to fox-hunting, or rather that is he entered himself before he was twelve years of age. When Mr. E. Warner, of Quorn Hall, and his brothers, were away at school, Capell used to see a good deal of sport on...

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Some Trials and Tribulations of the M.F.H.

Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Written by: Anonymous MFH

Most people who hunt are accus­tomed to look on the lot of a Master of Foxhounds as one of the most enviable and enjoyable that can be, and in many respects, it is so, I am quite willing to admit it. I will go further and say that given health and strength and a suffi­cient...

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Hound Breeding Part Three

Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Written by: Borderer

The final part of the thoughts from ‘Borderer’ on hound breeding What a summer reunion for hunting men has Peter­borough become. Local puppy shows may afford pleasure to those immediately interested, but here the lens expands, competition widens, and local ideas become dwarfed when compared with merit in its best form. How big we all...

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Hound Breeding Part Two

Posted on Monday, June 7, 2021
Written by: Borderer

 Part two of Borderer’s thoughts on hound breeding It may be truly said that it is not given to all Masters of Hounds to breed Vagabonds or their like. I have been guilty of advocating the breeding of hounds adapted to the country in which they are to hunt, and I do so most strongly...

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Hound Breeding Part One

Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2021
Written by: Borderer

This is the first in an article in three parts  by Borderer  – a regular commentator on hunting and hounds in the late 19th and early 20th century In these golden days, when not only has merit to be tested to its highest pitch, and its record kept in the strictest form, but also com­peted...

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Peterborough Hound Show 1895

Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2021
Written by: Baily's Reporter
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The show attracted a greater crowd than usual. It must be described as a complete success, albeit the dog hounds were perhaps not quite so good as they have been on some former occasions. The bitches, on the other hand, were extremely good, and some were very smart, but of them, I shall speak in...

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Mr William Childe of Shropshire or “The Flying Childe”

Posted on Monday, May 31, 2021
Written by: Peter Brook
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This article looks at William Childe and provides evidence that it was ‘the Flying Childe’ and NOT Hugo Meynell that was responsible for hunting to become faster and require faster hounds. The fair county of Shropshire, which may justly boast of being the native land of a greater number of sportsmen of high caste and...

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