Richmond Racecourse painting donated to town council

Mayor, Bob White, Lisa Potts, Burgage Pasture Master and Lord Ronaldshay, Chairman of the committee.

A painting commissioned for a book on Richmond’s historic racecourse has been donated to the town council.

As part of their campaign to raise awareness of the racecourse’s historically significant grandstand, the Richmond Burgage Pastures Committee published a book about the history of the building and the course itself, this past summer.

Leeds artist Catherine Aldred was asked to paint an original watercolour for the front cover of the book.

Committee Chairman, Lord Ronaldshay, said: “We thought that a new work on the racecourse needed to have a striking image on the cover so we commissioned the Leeds artist, Catherine Aldred to paint an original watercolour for us.”

It was decided to donate the painting to Richmond Town Council to add it to their own collection of art.

When approached by the Burgage Pastures Committee, the Mayor, Bob White, was delighted to receive the offer.

“It’s a great honour to put this lovely painting on permanent display in the Town Hall,” said Councillor White.

“It will be a constant reminder to visitors of what a magnificent building the grandstand used to be and could become once more if only the town could see its way to having it restored.”

The Burgage Pastures Committee said they continued to explore possible solutions whereby this Grade II* Listed building, currently on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register, might be repurposed to enhance the common which is owned by the Burgage.

Copies of the Racecourse History are available from Richmond Information Centre in the Market Hall, Castle Hill Book Shop, the Post Office and online at www.richmondinfo.net/shop