photo provided by Colin SmithMrs E.C. Smith outside Church Farm with Henry Purcell
Henry Purcell was known as the Peppermint Horse because of his love of peppermints.
He was owned and trained by Mr E C Smith for his wife
Farm, Priston. In 1957 he won the Fred Withington Handicap
Chase at Cheltenham, thereby qualifying for the
Sadly, in the Grand National he fell at the infamous
Brook, broke his back., and had to be shot.
"Tears for Henry" said the racing papers.
flowed - "Such a pet"; "We shall miss the horse very much"; "The whole
village is very upset about it" said George Kelson, Priston's
sub-postmaster. Henry was well known in the village and
with peppermints by the children of Priston.
The Daily Express Photo News Extra Headline perhaps said
best - "Priston Mourns its Horse".
With acknowledgements to The Link article by Aylet Anderson and to Colin Smith for the material on Henry Purcell.