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Our slideshow provides an opportunity to add interest to the home page by varying its content periodically.  

The current images all relate to the St Leger Stakes, a well-known event in the horse-racing calendar.

1. The grandstand built within a few years of the foundation of the St Leger.  It was designed by prolific and successful Yorkshire architect John Carr (1723-1807), whose projects included other such grandstands as well as public buildings, churches, bridges and numerous houses still to be found throughout the county.

2. A painting by John Harris (1811-1865) entitled Race for the Great St Leger Stakes, 1836.  The winner that year was Elis ridden by John Barnham Day, owned by George Bentinck, and trained at Newmarket by John Doe.

3. Doncaster railway station on St Leger Day, 18 September 1849, the first occasion on which the town was accessible by the Great Northern Railway line from London; from the Illustrated London News.

4. Queen Victoria arriving at the Angel Inn on her visit to Doncaster on 2 August 1851 (The Illustrated London News).  She was too early for the race but Queen Elizabeth II attended in 1953, accompanied by Prime Minister Churchill.

5. An early 20th century postcard.