Harraton Court Stables – A History.
Harraton Court Stables was built during the 1880s by John George Lambton, the third Earl of Durham and a major figure in the history of horse racing. Located in the village of Exning, less than three miles northeast of Newmarket. The stables are grade II listed, an imposing example of late-Victorian equestrian architecture.
When it comes to history, very few places in the United Kingdom can compete with Newmarket. It is the most prestigious of several centres for the training and breeding of racehorses in Britain, and popularly known as the headquarters of thoroughbred racing.
Racing has been staged in Newmarket for over four centuries. It is a place like no other, home to the two world-class courses which compromise Newmarket racecourses. Home to the oldest and most prestigious horseracing institution in the world, The Jockey Club. Steeped in horse racing heritage, Newmarket stands out for the importance of its world-class racehorse stables, home to the largest cluster of training yards in the country.
The founder of Harraton Court Stables, Lord Durham was a major figure in the history of horse racing, credited with the abolition of the flag start and the introduction of the starting gate. And with the continuation of the sport during the First World War.
Built as a private residence during the late 19th-century resurgence of investment in horse racing, Harraton House, was a large building with landscaped gardens incorporating a network of meandering paths which led directly to the stables. A quadrangle of stables was built to the south of the gardens and to the south-west a second stable complex.
The stable complex has been acknowledged as one of the most extensive and best in the country. Originally comprising three elements, a racing yard, a stud yard, and a stallion barn, Harraton Court Stables now comprises two components, the racing stables and the training stables at the former stallion barn.