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FAMOUS BEND IN THE ROODEE COURSE, WHERE THE CHESTER CUP HAS BEEN RUN SINCE 1540

FAMOUS BEND IN THE ROODEE COURSE, WHERE THE CHESTER CUP HAS BEEN RUN SINCE 1540

Public races were in vogue at Chester in 1512, and in 1540 there was provided "a silver bell, valued at three shillings and sixpence or more, to be given to him who shall run best and furthest on horseback before them (the mayor and city companies) on the same day, Shrove Tuesday." In 1609 a Sheriff of Chester gave three silver bells to be run for on the Roodee, the winning horse to have the best bell and the entrance fees of the other horses. In 1623 or '24 the mayor had the course altered and the horses had to run five times round the Roodee.

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FOOTBALL AFTER THE ORIGINAL STYLE 'PLAYED' AT ASHBOURNE ON SHROVE TUESDAY
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