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Description: Covered Ride
Date Listed: 27 April 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 275741
OS Grid Reference: TL6424063607
OS Grid Coordinates: 564240, 263607
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2461, 0.4043
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TL 6463 NEWMARKET THE WATER COURSE
7/10000 Covered Ride
Covered ride for exercising racehorses. Circa 1830 to 40 for
Brownlow Cecil, the second son of Marquess of Exeter. Flint
cobbles and Flemish bond red brick. Low-pitched slate roof. Plan:
Rectangular on plan with rounded corners. Open-sided on the
inside and with unpierced external walls except for south and
probably north entrances. Exterior: The red brick south end has
segmental arch pedestrian entrance with brick pilasters and
cornice. The south west corner and west side is built of flint,
the east side has been rebuilt in brick. Around the inside the
ride has an open arcade on a low rendered brick wall with
chamfered timber posts with cornices and segmental wooden arches.
Interior: Tie-beam and principal rafter roof trusses.
Note: The stables at the south end are circa late C19 and the
equine swimming pool is late C20. Brownlow Cecil's horses were
trained in Exeter House Stables (adjoining N). This was the first
covered ride to be built and gave Lord Exeter's early season
runners a fitness advantage, particularly in hard winters when
they could exercise at a canter, while horses from other stables
were confined to light work on straw beds. Lord Exeter's many
racing successes were partly due to the covered ride.
Listing NGR: TL6423463644
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Source: English Heritage
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