Newbury - Rosie's Racing Page!
Newbury is a solid, prosperous and unexceptional market town on the River Kennet, situated at one of the major crossroads of southern England where the main London to Bristol road crosses the main road from the Midlands to the south coast ports.
It has hit the headlines in the past. In the 1960s and 70s it was feared for its traffic jams. In the 1980s it was the focus for protest against nuclear proliferation and the Cold war, with the women's peace camp at nearby Greenham Common. In the 1990s the environmental protesters moved in, objecting to the building of the north-south relief road.
What Newbury is really about, however, is horseflesh, and plenty of it. The nearby Downs are ideal racehorse training country and are home to a number of the country's top yards. Newbury itself has one of the UK's leading racecourses, so it furnishes an opportunity for that most quintesentially English of sporting experiences, a Day at the Races!
This page won't be about the town of Newbury. I intend to devote it to my favourite sporting vice.