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Mrs. Thornton

Object No. 2: England’s First Female Jockey

To celebrate this week’s Ebor Festival at York Racecourse, the second object in our ‘Weird & Wonderful’ countdown is an engraving of the thrilling race contest at the Knavesmire on 25th August 1804 between daring female jockey Mrs. Alicia Thornton and her brother-in-law Captain Flint.

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Object No. 1

No. 1: Our first object is on loan from St Andrew’s University. This silver snuffbox, presented to the Beggar’s Benison Club, is tightly packed with ginger hair. According to the note kept in it, it is the pubic hair of one of George IV’s mistresses.

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Extensively adapted in the twentieth century as a cinema and dance hall, Fairfax House was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84.

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