The grand Dieppe steeplechase by Louis Heyrault, lithography

France - Dieppe -Château-Musée
© B. Legros
Late modern period
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Dieppe followed the English fashion for horse-racing, opening a racecourse as early as 1852 at which steeplechases were held. Followers of horse-racing were known as “sportsmen”, while the word “sport” was used in France only to describe horse-racing, as in the definition given in the 1883 edition of the Littré dictionary.


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