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located in the neighbourhood, called " The Newtimber Foxhounds " and the Findon Foxhounds frequently met in this locality. At this period there were two days' racing over the Findon Race Course (then in existence) for Cups and Stakes. These races were mainly supported by Mr Walker, of Michelgrove ; Newnham of Findon, and others in the vicinity. It may not be uninteresting to our readers to trace the South Down Foxhounds' Hunt to its origin, inas­much as it will be found that about the year 1820 there was quartered in the Barracks that existed at that time a troop of Royal Artillery. An interesting sight at the time for the villagers of Bingmer was the Church parade of the Artillery, preceded by its band. The Officers of the corps, thinking doubtless that as they were stationed in a locality of numerous covers well stocked with foxes (which the constant depredations of these nocturnal ram­blers on the chicken-houses amply testified), and in order, moreover, to destroy the monotony of a country district, came to the resolution of purchasing a small pack of hounds, which was designated " The East-Sussex Fox­hounds," the senior officer in command, Major Cator, under­taking their management. The gentlemen in the neighbour­hood having assisted the funds of the Hunt by their subscrip­tions, &c, the kennel was erected on the Barrack property, and matters progressed favourably for some time (the Huntsman's name being Perkins), until an order came down from the Board of Ordnance with peremptory instructions at once to remove the- pack from Govern­ment property, which was accordingly done. They were then taken to Broyle Gate, formerly the entrance to Broyle Park ,s (very near the spot that the Hunt Steeple-chases
* This park was of an extensive character, consisting of 2,000 acres, and formerly belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who resided m the mansion, (standing at that time on the domain), when his clerical duties in this neighbourhood required his personal attendance. It afterwards became the residence of Sir William Springett, who at the siege of Arundel,
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