Hastings Brass Award for Hastings Half 2019
These unique brasses, which every year have featured different aspects of Hastings, from 1066 through to such famous people as John Logie Baird, Grey Owl, and even our own ‘Banksy’ (still able to see on the St. Leonards promenade), have in some cases to be so well sort after as to be sold on Ebay. They have certainly become collector’s items in their own right.
These fine English horse brasses have been made since the Middle Ages to decorate horse harnesses. Since the time of Queen Victoria, many different designs have been made, but the Hastings brass each year remains a unique award.
This year’s Brass features the sculpture in the Race Gardens of King Harold and his common law wife Edith Swanneck. This sculpture (the work of Charles Wilkie in 1875) shows King Harold lying back dying, with his wife Edith hunched over him holding up his head towards her face. Harold’s body had lay badly mutilated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and it is said that Edith had the courage to walk through the battlefield to find his body. She was able to identify him by marks to his body that were only known to her. It is said that Edith and helpers took Harold’s body back to Waltham Cross, where he was buried. The beautiful Edith was in fact Harold’s beloved lover, and first common law wife, with whom he had six children.
Although the sculpture is now very ‘weathered’ as nearly 150 years old, it is still a reminder of our history, and proudly displayed on this year’s Hastings Brass.
The brass above is set upon a Leather Martingale, and is a great way to display your brass. The Martingales can be purchased from Race Centre, or 'online' at www.hastings-half.co.uk and there are options to have singles or doubles, or Martingales that will hold four, six or eight brasses. You can also have a tab added to the back of your brass, with your race details. Go to www.mysportingtimes.com to book them.
We trust that you will appreciate and enjoy our Hastings brass for 2019.
Martingale and a 'No Pins Pack for £5.' plus p&p.
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