NEWMARKET , amarket
See also:town in the Newmarket
See also:parliamentary division of
See also:Cambridgeshire, England, 131 M . E. by N. of Cambridge on the Bury branch of the
See also:Great Eastern railway . Pop . (19o1) 1o,688 . A
See also:part of the town is in
See also:Suffolk, and the urban
See also:district is in the administrative
See also:county of West Suffolk . Newmarket has been celebrated for its
See also:horse-races from the
See also:time of
See also:James I., though at that time there was more of coursing and hawking than horse-racing .
See also:Charles I. instituted the first
See also:race here . For the use of Charles II., during his visits to the races, a palace, no longer extant, was built on the site of the
See also:lodge of James I . There are numerous residences belonging to patrons of the
See also:turf, together with stables, and racing and training establishments . The racecourse, which lies south-west of the town, has a full extent of 4 m., but is divided into various lengths to suit the different races . The course intersects the so-called Devil's Ditch or Dyke (sometimes also known as St Edmund's Dyke), an earthwork consisting of a ditch and
See also:mound stretching almost straight for 5 M. from Reach to
See also:Ditton . It is 12 ft. wide at the top, 18 ft. above the level of the
See also:country, and 30 ft. above the bottom of the ditch, with a slope of 5o ft. on the south-west side and 26 ft. on the
See also:north-east .
It formed part of the boundary between the kingdoms of East Anglia and
See also:Mercia, but is doubtless of much earlier origin .
See also:Roman remains have been found in the neighbourhood .
WILLIAM NEWMARCH (1820-1882)
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