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History of the Marske Estate



"Although the estate of Marske is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, it is believed to have been originally given by William the Conqueror to the Constable of Richmond Castle as a hunting chase. Ownership of the land subsequently passed through several families and eventually to the Hutton family, when it was acquired in 1596 by the then Archbishop of York, Matthew Hutton, that then commenced the family’s long association with the property. It was Timothy Hutton who started work on the hall with subsequent family members making alterations and additions over the next couple of hundred years including John Hutton II who added the stable block. He was an enthusiastic horse breeder whose horse, Marske, sired Eclipse in 1764, which was a chestnut colt that was undefeated on turf throughout all of his18 races including winning at both Ascot and Epson. Eclipse is generally regarded as the origin of contemporary bloodstock and it is said that 95% of all thoroughbreds are descended from the one horse that hails from Marske."


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