Reference number647
TitlePhoto and note relating to Cowper Thornhill the " Stilton Hero"
DescriptionPhotograph of a picture of The Stilton Hero of 1743, in possession of R. Wade-Gery and notes on same. Note reads "On April 29th 1743, Mr Cowper Thornill, Master of the Bell Inn at Stilton, Huntingdonshire, set out from his house at 4am and came to the Queen's Arms opposite Shoreditch church in 3 hours 52 minutes, returned to Stilton again in 4 hours and 12 minutes and came back to London in 4 hours 13 minutes for a wager of 500 guineas; he was allowed 15 hours to do it in which is 213 miles but did it in 12 hours 17 minutes which is 2 hours 43 minutes less than his engagement. This is deservedly reckoned the greatest performance of its kind ever known; several thousand pounds were laid on this affair and the roads for many miles were lined with people to see him pass and re-pass"
CreatorNameR. Wade-Gery
RepositoryHuntingdonshire Archives

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F/0010Thornhill; family; of Diddington Hall11th Century-Present
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