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Richard Tattersall (1724-1795), Horse auctioneer

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In 1766 Richard Tattersall, also known as 'Old Tatt', founded Tattersall's, a horse auction mart near Hyde Park Corner. His honesty and business-like precision attracted the nobility and the chief members of the Jockey Club for whom, around 1779, he fitted up two rooms; these 'subscription rooms' soon became a most important resort of the sporting world, and the centre from where all betting upon the turf was regulated. An original copy of the 'Rules' from 1780 is now in the counting house at Tattersall's.

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