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On the history trail: Area had close connections with early horse racing

The Pocklington Plate trophy won by Lively Bay in 1783

The Pocklington Plate trophy won by Lively Bay in 1783

  • by Andrew Sefton
 

The area around Pocklington had close connections with early horse racing and contributed to the establishment of the sport of kings that is now a worldwide industry.

The first professional jockey was born in Melbourne, near Pocklington, John Singleton.

He started as head groom at the stable of Wilberforce Read at Grimthorpe. He was later employed by Lord Rockingham for whom he took part in all major races from the early 1760s until 1780. He later settled at Great Givendale where later generations of Singletons lived.

Full article in next week’s (10 July) Pocklington Post.

 

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