The Info List - Tattersalls

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TATTERSALLS (formerly spelled with an apostrophe) is the main auctioneer of race horses in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


* 1 Founding * 2 20th century * 3 21st century * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links


It was founded in 1766 by Richard Tattersall (1724–1795), who had been stud groom to the second Duke of Kingston . The first premises occupied were near Hyde Park Corner , in what was then the outskirts of London. Two "Subscription rooms" were reserved for members of the Jockey Club , and they became the rendezvous for sporting and betting men. Among the famous dispersal sales conducted by "Old Tatt" were those of the Duke of Kingston's stud in 1774 and of the stud of the Prince of Wales (afterwards George IV ) in 1786. The prince often visited Richard Tattersall, and was joint proprietor with him of the Morning Post for several years. He was succeeded by his son, Edmund Tattersall (1758–1810), who extended the business of the firm to France. The third of the dynasty, Richard Tattersall (1785–1859), the eldest of Edmund's three sons, became head of the firm at his father's death. He had his grandfather's ability and tact, and was the intimate of the best sporting men of his time. Another Richard Tattersall (1812–1870), son of the last, then took command of the business. His great-grandfather's 99-year lease having expired, he moved the business to Knightsbridge in 1865. Richard was followed by his cousin, Edmund Tattersall (1816–1898), and he by his eldest son, Edmund Somerville Tattersall (1863–1942). Tattersall's new premises in Knightsbridge in 1865.


Tattersall's remained a family business until Somerville Tattersalls' death in 1942, when it was passed to his partners, Gerald Deane, Robert Needham and Terrence Watt. At this time Major Gerald Deane took over as chairman. In 1965 it introduced bloodstock auctions at Park Paddocks, Newmarket , and in 1988 it also began holding auctions at Old Fairyhouse in County Meath , Ireland. Tattersalls
Ltd (which has dropped the apostrophe from its name) is now based in Newmarket. There is a separate company in Ireland, but it shares some of the same directors.


Today Tattersalls
is the leading bloodstock auctioneer in Europe, selling 10,000 horses a year. The horses are still priced in guineas (originally 21 shillings and now one poun