Following up my article on the ‘Laindon & Dunton at the Races’ dated 15 October 2012, I have just picked up from Ebay an article from the ‘Tatler’ publication dated 18 March 1936 entitled ‘The Stock Exchange and Lloyd’s ‘Chases’.
‘A good many of the winners and their jockeys are included in this little collection made at the recent Stock Exchange and Lloyds’ point-to-point, run over a bit of the Essex country at Dunton, near Billericay. Mr and Mrs L.B. Stoddart, for instance, stepped off with the right foot with Bedale 11., who won Lloyd’s Race, the owner piloting: a picture at that comfortable moment, the last fence, is also in this page. Mr and Mrs Chaplin also had a winner, Successful Penalty, who collected the Nomination Open Race by 20 lengths, the third distanced. This is the second year in succession that this horse has won this particular race – a good performance for all hands concerned; and the other winner in the page is Silver Lizzie, belonging to the Hon. Gilbert Johnstone, an uncle of Lord Derwent, the winner of the Jack Russell Challenge Cup, ridden by Mr.E.C.Paget.’
Well it would appear that our Dunton races were a little more important than we thought, obviously attracting many from the city. I do not expect anybody to remember the races back in the 1930s but we know that Point to Point races were still being held in the Dunton area during the early 1950s, so if anybody still remembers them please let us know.