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Stuart Suffolk and the Sport of Kings: The Newmarket Experience (1606-1714)

Warren Hill

Detail from The Warren Hill at Newmarket by John Wootton 1717

with John Sutton

at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 11th May 2013

Sport and Suffolk were synonymous in the 17th century. Nowhere was this association closer than in the small Suffolk town of Newmarket which became the sporting capital of the Stuart dynasty and the English aristocracy.
This in-depth day-school will first explore the establishment of Newmarket as a major centre for hunting and horse-racing during the reigns of James I and Charles I. Next an examination will be made of the key role played by Charles II in turning Newmarket into the national mecca for outdoor pastimes partly through his own athletic prowess as 'the Jockey King', and partly through his creation of a fun-palace, aptly described by John Evelyn as the 'house of sport and pleasure' in the land.
Finally an investigation will be undertaken of Newmarket's golden age for gaming activities under William III and Queen Anne, with a special focus on its informing genius, the 'Father of the English Turf', Tregonwell Frampton.

Provisional Programme
(There may be variations to the programme on the day)
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Hunting, hawking and horse-riding: Newmarket under the early Stuarts.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Jockey King: Charles II and the Newmarket races.  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 'A House of Sport and Pleasure': Charles II's Newmarket fun-palace.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The later Stuarts and Tregonwell Frampton, 'Father of the Turf'.  
  16:20 Close  

About John Sutton

John Sutton is a retired university history lecturer. He formerly taught at Anglia Ruskin University, his area of expertise being the history of the Early Modern period. He was the author of the Anglia television series,' A War in the Kingdom: eastern England during the first and second Civil Wars' and recently appeared in a Time Team programme on the excavation of Charles II's stables at Newmarket. He regularly lectures at Madingley Hall and on Cambridge University's summer-school programmes. He is also a speaker on P&O, Fred Olsen, and Saga cruises. He likewise gives a variety of talks to local history societies throughout East Anglia, the most notable being those at the Bury Record Office.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Brailsford, D., Sport and Society: Elizabeth to Anne (London 1969).
Deuchar, S., Sporting Art in Eighteenth Century England: A Social and Political History (Yale University Press 1988)
Lyle, R.C., Royal Newmarket (London 1945)
Onslow, R., Headquarters: a history of Newmarket and its racing (Great Ouse Press 1983).
Thompson, L., Newmarket: From James I to the Present Day (Virgin Books 2000)
Worsley, G., The British Stable (Yale University Press 2004)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places. Study Days are 38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition. Once you have reserved your place please send payment to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
tel : 01394 386498

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