And they’re off at the Grantham Races

28th February 2014

A one day sale packed with plates, stakes and cups at the Grantham Races. From the Syston Park Plate that cost 10 shillings to enter with a potential prize of £50 to the Harrowby stakes where the stakes were considerably higher - the winning purse was 15 sovereigns with a 1 sovereign entrance fee.

Grantham Races Poster

Can you imagine what the roar of the crowd would have sounded like on those hot summer days back in July 1825. Thanks to Lot 525, a fascinating collection of memorabilia, we can feed our imaginations and conjure images in our minds of how it might have looked and sounded as the front runner ran past the winning post.

"I'm sure when Thomas Mawer started the business in 1864, he had no idea he would be a front runner in today's antiques business." Said Grantham saleroom manager Andrew Doubleday. "This collection which covers so many Lincolnshire businesses - both past and present - is a rich vein of local history that should be preserved for future generations."

Grantham Races Poster -1

Also included in the collection are sale particulars drawn up by local firm Escritt & Barrell. A firm that have been operating in Lincolnshire since 1860, almost as long as Golding Young & Mawer. The sale was for part of the Belvoir estate, comprising the parishes of Sproxton, Saltby and Bescaby and covered an area of approximately 4780 acres.

The live auction will take place at The Grantham Auction Rooms on March 5, from 10am. Viewing will be open between 10-4pm on March 4.

The full sale catalogue can be viewed online at

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