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Epsom Collection

"Exploring the Rich History of Epsom: From Derby Day to Epileptic Colony" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating world of Epsom

Background imageEpsom Collection: Scobie Breasley on Santa Claus wins the Epsom Derby 1964

Scobie Breasley on Santa Claus wins the Epsom Derby 1964

Background imageEpsom Collection: American jockey Steve Cauthen carrying his saddle and whip at Kempton Park, July 1987

American jockey Steve Cauthen carrying his saddle and whip at Kempton Park, July 1987

Background imageEpsom Collection: The Wettest Derby on Record by The Tout, 1927

The Wettest Derby on Record by The Tout, 1927
The Wettest Derby on record in 1927 with numerous well-known personalities of the turf coping with the flooded course with the help of umbrellas and rowing boats. Includes the jockey M

Background imageEpsom Collection: Derby Day - The Olympians

Derby Day - The Olympians
Caricatures of prominent racing fans riding to Epsom in a stagecoach. From left, the Earl of Lonsdale, Lady James Douglas, Sir Edward Hulton, Lord Glaneley, Sir H. Cunliffe-Owen, Hon. G

Background imageEpsom Collection: The Derby 1923 by Cecil Aldin

The Derby 1923 by Cecil Aldin
Leaving the post at the start of the Derby of 1923, a race famously won by Papyrus, owned by Mr B. Irish and ridden by Steve Donoghue

Background imageEpsom Collection: Policeman talk to Gypsies on Epsom Downs

Policeman talk to Gypsies on Epsom Downs
Two Policeman talk to a Gypsy family by their caravan and wagon on Epsom Downs Date: circa 1920s

Background imageEpsom Collection: Another Derby Derby?

Another Derby Derby?
Caricatures of well known personalities of the turf caricatured by Mel before the Epsom Derby of 1928. Clockwise from top left - Sir Abe Bailey, owner of Advocate, Lord Dewar, owner of Sunny Trace

Background imageEpsom Collection: Ewell Epileptic Colony, Epsom, Surrey

Ewell Epileptic Colony, Epsom, Surrey
Lime Villa at the Ewell Epileptic Colony, Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey. The colony, opened in 1903 by the London County Council, was later known as Ewell Mental Hospital and then as St Ebbas Hospital

Background imageEpsom Collection: Epsom Derby - 1954

Epsom Derby - 1954
Epsom Downs, the Gentlemens Mobile Toilet, provided by Ewell Council 3rd June 1954

Background imageEpsom Collection: Larkspur winning the Epsom Derby in 1962

Larkspur winning the Epsom Derby in 1962

Background imageEpsom Collection: George Moore on Royal Palace wins the Derby, El Mighty leads the field at Tattenham

George Moore on Royal Palace wins the Derby, El Mighty leads the field at Tattenham Corner at Epsom - June 1967

Background imageEpsom Collection: Suffragette Emily Davison Epsom Derby Jockey

Suffragette Emily Davison Epsom Derby Jockey. The Kings jockey Herbert Jones removed from Epsom Racecourse, following the incident on Derby day, June 4th, 1913

Background imageEpsom Collection: Suffragette Emily Davison Epsom Derby

Suffragette Emily Davison Epsom Derby. Emily Wilding Davison, the jockey, Herbert Jones and the Kings horse Anmer, immediately after Miss

Background imageEpsom Collection: Racehorse Hyperion ridden by jockey Tommy Weston winning The Derby at Epsom, June 1933

Racehorse Hyperion ridden by jockey Tommy Weston winning The Derby at Epsom, June 1933

Background imageEpsom Collection: Morston with jockey Eddie Hide winning the Derby at Epsom - June 1973

Morston with jockey Eddie Hide winning the Derby at Epsom - June 1973

Background imageEpsom Collection: Reference Point with jockey Steve Cauthen being escorted to the winners enclosure after

Reference Point with jockey Steve Cauthen being escorted to the winners enclosure after winning the Derby at Epsom 4th June 1987

Background imageEpsom Collection: The Princes Second Derby, 1900: Diamond Jubilee first past the post, (1901). Creator: Unknown

The Princes Second Derby, 1900: Diamond Jubilee first past the post, (1901). Creator: Unknown
The Princes Second Derby, 1900: Diamond Jubilee first past the post, (1901). Thoroughbred race horse owned by the Prince of Wales winning the Derby at Epsom racecourse in Surrey

Background imageEpsom Collection: An Epsom memory - the Aga Khan

An Epsom memory - the Aga Khan
Caricature of the Aga Khan with Blenheim, the British Thoroughbred race horse who won the Epsom Derby in 1930 ridden by jockey Harry Wragg. 1930

Background imageEpsom Collection: Mid-Day Sun winning the Epsom Derby, 1937

Mid-Day Sun winning the Epsom Derby, 1937
Mid-Day Sun winning the Epsom Derby in 1937, illustrating a fixtures card for May 1938. Date: 1937

Background imageEpsom Collection: Derby Day at Epsom with grandstand, 1895

Derby Day at Epsom with grandstand, 1895. Date: 1895

Background imageEpsom Collection: Horse That Took The Wrong Turning- At Epsom, by H. M. B

Horse That Took The Wrong Turning- At Epsom, by H. M. B
Maverick horse galloping the opposite direction to the rest of the race. Bateman (1887-1970) was a popular artist and regularly contributed to the Sketch, the Tatler and the Bystander

Background imageEpsom Collection: Papyrus, Derby winner 1923

Papyrus, Derby winner 1923
Mr B. Irish leads in his horse, Papyrus with jockey Steve Donoghue up, following its win in the 1923 Derby at Epsom. For Donoghue it was a third successive win in the race. Date: June 1923

Background imageEpsom Collection: Epsom racecourse scene of the Derby. June 1929

Epsom racecourse scene of the Derby. June 1929

Background imageEpsom Collection: Racehorse Humorist ridden by jockey Steve Donaghue wins the Epsom Derby, June 1921

Racehorse Humorist ridden by jockey Steve Donaghue wins the Epsom Derby, June 1921

Background imageEpsom Collection: Blakeney racehorse winning the Derby from Shoemaker 2nd

Blakeney racehorse winning the Derby from Shoemaker 2nd and Prince Regent 3rd at Epsom - June 1969

Background imageEpsom Collection: Nashwan and jockey Willie Carson after winning the Derby at Epsom - June 1989

Nashwan and jockey Willie Carson after winning the Derby at Epsom - June 1989

Background imageEpsom Collection: Minstrel and jockey Lester Piggott winning The Derby from Hot Grove for his record

Minstrel and jockey Lester Piggott winning The Derby from Hot Grove for his record breaking eight time at Epsom - June 1977

Background imageEpsom Collection: Epsom College, 1923

Epsom College, 1923. Epsom College, public school, situated on the Downs (Surrey). It was founded in 1853 to provide support to the sons and orphans of members of medical professions

Background imageEpsom Collection: Epsom Grand Stand

Epsom Grand Stand
Lord Jerseys champion racehorse Bay Middleton being led past the grandstand at Epsom after winning the Derby. Original Artwork: An engraving by R G Reeve after the painting by J Pollard

Background imageEpsom Collection: Photograph of Ladas PH, Epsom, Surrey

Photograph of Ladas PH, Epsom, Surrey. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Corner on view of the pub. The back of the print (available on request) details: Trading Record 1933

Background imageEpsom Collection: Advert for the Puss Moth aeroplane 1930

Advert for the Puss Moth aeroplane 1930
Advertisement for the Moth airplane, manufactured by the De Havillalnd Aircraft Company Ltd. The illustration shows a Puss Moth flying of the Epsom Derby, while the advert claims

Background imageEpsom Collection: Epsom Racecourse (coloured engraving)

Epsom Racecourse (coloured engraving)
729503 Epsom Racecourse (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Epsom Racecourse - The Coming In. Engraving by Smyth)

Background imageEpsom Collection: Derby Day at Epsom racecourse, Epsom Downs, Surrey

Derby Day at Epsom racecourse, Epsom Downs, Surrey, England -- horse-drawn coaches and other traffic arriving for the big event. Date: 1922

Background imageEpsom Collection: The Derby. The finish, Spion Kop 1, Archaic 2. June 1920

The Derby. The finish, Spion Kop 1, Archaic 2. June 1920

Background imageEpsom Collection: The worlds greatest race - The Derby. A view of the course at Epsom

The worlds greatest race - The Derby. A view of the course at Epsom, showing the motor-coachs and part of the huge crowd which use them as stands to view the racing. 4th June 1929

Background imageEpsom Collection: Racehorse Papyrus ridden by jockey Steve Donoghue wins the Epsom Derby in June 1923 with

Racehorse Papyrus ridden by jockey Steve Donoghue wins the Epsom Derby in June 1923 with Pharos in second and Parth third

Background imageEpsom Collection: racehorse Sansovino, ridden by twenty-one-year-old jockey Tommy Weston led in by Lord

racehorse Sansovino, ridden by twenty-one-year-old jockey Tommy Weston led in by Lord Derby after winning the Epsom Derby in June 1924

Background imageEpsom Collection: The Field as they take Tattenham Corner, The eventual winner of the Derby was Roberto

The Field as they take Tattenham Corner, The eventual winner of the Derby was Roberto Derby at Epsom - June 1972

Background imageEpsom Collection: Trigo after winning the Epsom Derby in 1929

Trigo after winning the Epsom Derby in 1929

Background imageEpsom Collection: Tooth and Flail by H. M. Bateman

Tooth and Flail by H. M. Bateman
The Crisis - Tattenham Corner. Horses and riders each furiously rounding the bend at Tattenham Corner on Epsom racecourse as envisaged by the cartoonist, H. M. Bateman. Date: 1927

Background imageEpsom Collection: Ard Patrick, Winner of the Epsom Derby in 1902

Ard Patrick, Winner of the Epsom Derby in 1902. Race horse Date: 1902

Background imageEpsom Collection: Epsom, Surrey - The Public Hall

Epsom, Surrey - The Public Hall Date: circa 1910s

Background imageEpsom Collection: Hermit, winner of the 1867 Epsom Derby

Hermit, winner of the 1867 Epsom Derby
Engraved portrait of Hermit, the horse which won the Epsom Derby in 1867

Background imageEpsom Collection: Emily Wilding Davison, 1872 - 1913. Militant women's suffrage activist who threw herself under

Emily Wilding Davison, 1872 - 1913. Militant women's suffrage activist who threw herself under the King's horse
3058437 Emily Wilding Davison, 1872 - 1913. Militant women's suffrage activist who threw herself under the King's horse Anmer, during the Epsom Derby of 1913

Background imageEpsom Collection: Antique black and white photograph of England and Wales: Derby Day, Epsom

Antique black and white photograph of England and Wales: Derby Day, Epsom

Background imageEpsom Collection: Victorian London - Finish of the Race

Victorian London - Finish of the Race
Vintage engraving showing a scene from 19th Century Victorian London. The crowd cheer on the horses and Jockey's as they approch the finishing line at the Epsom Derby

Background imageEpsom Collection: Queen Elizabeth II visits Epsom in Surrey. She is there to open The Ashley Centre

Queen Elizabeth II visits Epsom in Surrey. She is there to open The Ashley Centre, a mix of shopping malls, offices, a restaurant and a new playhouse

Background imageEpsom Collection: Ernie Johnson jockey on Blakeney after winning The Derby at Epsom - June 1969

Ernie Johnson jockey on Blakeney after winning The Derby at Epsom - June 1969



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"Exploring the Rich History of Epsom: From Derby Day to Epileptic Colony" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating world of Epsom, a town brimming with historical significance. Known for its iconic Derby Day, this enchanting place has witnessed countless moments that have shaped its identity. Transport yourself to 1923 as Cecil Aldin's masterpiece "The Derby" captures the essence of this prestigious event. The Olympians gather at Epsom Downs, their anticipation palpable as they await the exhilarating race. Intriguing encounters unfold on these hallowed grounds, like when a policeman engages in conversation with Gypsies amidst the hustle and bustle. Such interactions add an air of mystique to this already vibrant setting. Curiosity piques as we ponder whether there can be another derby within a derby – an enigma that adds layers to Epsom's allure. And then we fast forward to 1954 when the Epsom Derby takes center stage once again, showcasing thrilling displays of equine prowess. Beyond horse racing lies another facet of Epsom's history - the establishment of the Ewell Epileptic Colony. This sanctuary provided solace and care for those afflicted by epilepsy, leaving an indelible mark on Surrey's landscape. Equestrian triumphs continue to grace these storied grounds; Larkspur gallops towards victory during the 1962 edition of the illustrious Epsom Derby. A snapshot from June 1929 transports us into a scene teeming with excitement at England's most celebrated racecourse. Delving deeper into history reveals fascinating tales such as Diamond Jubilee crossing first past post in 1901 under unknown creatorship – forever etching his name into sporting lore. Even suffragette Emily Davison dared to challenge societal norms by participating as a jockey at one memorable edition of The Derby held at Epsom.