Derelict graves of Derby winners to be restored in Epsom

Philip Buckman, of Durdans Stables, with the derelict grave of Derby winners

Philip Buckman, of Durdans Stables, with the derelict grave of Derby winners

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A heritage trust is spending £4,000 on the repair of historic derelict graves belonging to legendary Derby winners.

Surrey Historic Buildings Trust is making the grant to help restore grade II listed graves in woodland by the Durdans Stables in Chalk Lane, Epsom.

The trust said: "The grant will fund the repair of grave slabs and railings at the property, which was owned by the Victorian statesman and racehorse owner Lord Rosebery.

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The grave of Sir Visto

"The stables themselves have recently been refurbished thanks to a substantial grant from English Heritage to enable the building to come off the Heritage at Risk Register."

Former Prime Minister Lord Rosebery’s Derby winners Ladas (1894), Sir Visto (1895) and Cicero (1905) are buried in the grounds of the Durdans.

The 1838 Derby winner Amato, which gave its name to the Amato pub in Chalk Lane, is also buried there.

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Amato by John Frederick Herring Snr 

The stables' website said: "Lord Rosebery died at the Durdans in 1929 and it is said, in his dotage, he was often found sitting by the graves of his Derby winners, his great passion in life."

Philip Buckman, who took over as joint owner of the stables in 2011, described the horse graves as discoloured, crumbling, strewn with weeds and in a "very poor state".

Mr Buckman said: "I'm delighted to receive the grant. They are the history of Epsom really. They are iconic graves of Derby winners and I think they are unique in the country. They should be restored for the future."

He said they are still looking for more funding because the restoration will cost between £10,000 and £12,000. He said: "We aim to restore them this year."

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Caroline Baldock, who has previously fought to save the Durdans, welcomed grant towards the repair of the graves.

She said: "That’s absolutely fantastic. We have got these fantastic graves that have been left to wrack and ruin. They are the most amazing things."

The trust was formed in 1980 in order to preserve the historic architectural heritage of Surrey for future generations.

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7:31am Tue 22 Jul 14

timsburyboy says...

Wonderful news.
Wonderful news. timsburyboy
  • Score: 4

7:32am Tue 22 Jul 14

timsburyboy says...

Wonderful news,so pleased.
Wonderful news,so pleased. timsburyboy
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Tue 22 Jul 14

unebalam says...

How strange it is that we honor some of our fellow animals with the same respect we reserve for ourselves, yet other animals perhaps of the same species or even family as those honored are sent to the slaughter house to satisfy thirsts for blood and hunger for flesh.
And man defines himself with logic from his mind and compassion from his hearts, how deluded is man?
How strange it is that we honor some of our fellow animals with the same respect we reserve for ourselves, yet other animals perhaps of the same species or even family as those honored are sent to the slaughter house to satisfy thirsts for blood and hunger for flesh. And man defines himself with logic from his mind and compassion from his hearts, how deluded is man? unebalam
  • Score: 2

11:57pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Tenpindee says...

I thought, if you bought a property and the land it sit's in, you are responsible for the maintenance. There are war graves of the fallen in Epsom which have been denied restoration and even that they exist. I know an Epsom Counsellor last year was looking into the matter, but what has become of it.
Another war grave will be lost and forgotten who went to their grave so we could live. As the quote above from unebalam, where is the sense in it all.
I thought, if you bought a property and the land it sit's in, you are responsible for the maintenance. There are war graves of the fallen in Epsom which have been denied restoration and even that they exist. I know an Epsom Counsellor last year was looking into the matter, but what has become of it. Another war grave will be lost and forgotten who went to their grave so we could live. As the quote above from unebalam, where is the sense in it all. Tenpindee
  • Score: 1

11:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

fn1234 says...

Please tell me this isn't, ultimately, funded by taxpayers.
Please tell me this isn't, ultimately, funded by taxpayers. fn1234
  • Score: 1

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