Joint plan to save Chantilly racing history from decay

Cimetière Bourillon Chantilly
Bois Bourillon is unusual with its racing section, with many headstones in English

Poorly maintained graves of British horseracing pioneers who created the world-famous Chantilly racecourse are to be restored as the local mairie and British community work on ways to preserve them and their stories for the future.

Many of the graves in Bois Bourillon have been left untended since the racing families had to flee France during the Second World War and, as in all cemeteries, if no one is taking care of graves, the mairie can take them over and sell off the plots.

Local concerns led to the mairie doing a survey of the tombs and organising to work with the community and the Reverend Sarah Tillett of St Peter’s Church, Chantilly, on ways to clean and restore the graves.

The town publicises the ...

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