Sunday, 21 March 2010

The Horse Monument

This is not a hastily-erected tribute to the two horses who died as a result of last week's racing at Cheltenham, but a much older memorial. "The Continental" was the favourite ride of Henry Cecil Elwes, 1874-1950, of Colesbourne Park. He also owned Leckhampton Court and its surrounding fields on the side of our local hill, where Caroline and I walked this sunny morning.

And he it was who assembled the monument, complete with an inscription, all of which must have cost him some considerable effort, since it stands proud on a knoll well above the Court and as high as the Church spire.

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