Just posting this because I’m going to Brodsworth Hall tomorrow:
English Heritage curators in Yorkshire had a shock recently when they opened the post and discovered the latest object being returned to Brodsworth Hall - a pair of mummified horse hooves.
The strange objects belonged to a 19th century racehorse, Rataplan, owned by Charles Thellusson, whose son built Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster in South Yorkshire in the mid 1860s.
“It does seem slightly bizarre to keep mummified horse hooves,” added English Heritage curator, Caroline Carr Whitworth. “But it was a way of remembering a much loved and prized racehorse and was something of a fashion during the Victorian period.”