Tattersall’s Repository was the premier source for fine horseflesh throughout the Regency period. Gentlemen were required to be well mounted, and stylish carriages with a fine pair or four in hand were a must. Tattersall’s was established in 1773 near Hyde Park Corner for the sale by auction of horses, carriages, hounds, and harnesses.
Sales were held on Mondays only during the spring and summer. Thursday sales were added for the winter. Approximately 100 horses were auctioned in a week. In addition to the sale of horses et al, the Jockey Club had its headquarters at Tattersall’s. Subscribers paid one guinea per year. All sporting bets were settled there. Tattersall’s remains one of Britain’s foremost auctioneers.
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