The Beacon Course started here.

19th March 2011

Standing in a field near Four Mile Stable Farm, along side the A1303 (the Newmarket to Bottisham road) close to where it crosses the A11 spur off the A14, is a square wooden post. Looked after, and carefully ploughed around, by the farmer it represents a significant feature in Newmarket's history.

The wooden post in a field next to the A1303. The wooden post in a field next to the A1303.

The wooden post is in fact a replica of the Beacon Course starting post in its original 17th and 18th century location.

The replica Beacon Post with the A14 in the background. The replica Beacon Post with the A14 in the background.

The full story behind the Beacon Course and what happened to the original post can be read on the Museum Treasure of the Month page for March 2011.

The replica Beacon Post facing south-west. The replica Beacon Post facing south-west.

The Beacon Course is just a part of the story explored in The Heath and the Horse exhibition at the National Horseracing Museum.

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