I like visiting places that I’ve managed to overlook down the years. Pictured is one such venue, Epsom Downs racecourse, Surrey, England.
The bend in the top picture is home to a piece of history that happened in the Epsom Derby of 1913. The bend is called Tattenham Corner, after the nearby village. In 1913, Emily Davison, a member of the Suffragette Movement, ran out and brought down the King’s horse, Anmer, as a publicity stunt to further the cause to get women the vote.
Davison grabbed hold of the horse, which was travelling at 35 mph, and suffered fatal injuries. It’s just incredible that I was standing only a few yards from the bend where this happened. In the intervening years, thousands of people flock to the Downs to witness one of the iconic world sporting events, The Derby.
In June, when it is held, it would be much, much warmer than it is today. Standing there overlooking the course today, it is decidedly chilly, so I took a few quick photos and thought the warm train is a better option.
So, 106 years ago, Emily Davison wrote her name into history. Great to visit a place that is allied to my love of horse racing, and the openness of the countryside is attractive too. Good day so far.