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Stortford’s Famous Polo Ponies- Part 2 Sir John Barker

Monday, September 23, 2013

As discussed in a previous blog post, Sir John Barker was responsible for founding what was once the most successful and world-renowned polo pony stud in England, right here in Bishop’s Stortford. Sir John died in 1914 and is generally slightly overlooked as a character of Bishop’s Stortford history, with a lamentably thin Wikipedia entry, although his past and connections are extremely interesting. An eminent Storfordian  of the late Victorian and Edwardian era, Sir John was born in 1840, at Maidstone, Kent, the son of a carpenter and brewer.  After  an apprenticeship as a draper in Maidstone and gaining further retail experience, he...

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Stortford’s Famous Polo Ponies- Part 1

Thursday, September 5, 2013

  Have you ever wondered, as you travel north along Rye Street, after the roundabout for the swimming pool, towards the houses of Meadowlands, what story may lay behind the two substantial brick-built gate posts and the somewhat dilapidated brick wall, topped in places with iron railings? Adding to the intrigue, on the other side of the wall is a wild, unkempt meadow rolling down to the River Stort. An entry in a guide book to Bishops Stortford and District, from a donation we were processing, provided a key clue.   This was only a slim volume, dating from about...

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