Fox Hunting

Fox hunting is a countryside pastime which spans back hundreds of years and is deeply rooted in English heritage.

  • The earliest records of hunting a fox with hounds was in Norfolk in 1534
  • Originally, it was typically farmers chasing foxes with their hounds for pest control reasons
  • It was not until the late 1600s where packs of hounds were trained to hunt foxes
  • One of the oldest hunts in England was the Bilsdale Hunt in Yorkshire
  • A gentleman named Hugo Meynell developed fox hunting further in the eighteenth century, developing breeds of hound and horse to address the new geography of rural England. He was the Master of the Quorn Hunt between 1753 and1800 and helped spread fox hunting across the nation