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Horn used by hunt for first time in a century

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

East Cornwall Hunt met at Pentillie Castle, near St Mellion, recreating a Victorian tradition

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The silvery notes of a Victorian hunting horn floated out over the Tamar Valley for the first time in well over 100 years when the East Cornwall Hunt met at Pentillie Castle, near St Mellion.

The horn, sounded by Joint Master and huntsman Graham Higgins, had belonged to William Coryton, who founded the East Cornwall Hunt at Pentillie in 1873, and remained the sole master and huntsman until 1888.

Ted Coryton, who inherited the castle and its estate seven years ago, decided the hunt should be invited back to its birthplace for a special meet. It is the first time the pack has met there for at least three-quarters of a century as there has been no Pentillie fixture since before the Second World War.

"It's lovely to be able to continue an old tradition and have the hunt back here again after such a long time," said Mr Coryton. "I just wish some of those old hunting people who knew Pentillie so many years ago could have been here. They would have been so pleased."

Mr Coryton, whose estate and farm extends to around 2,000 acres, said he hoped the meet might become a regular event. Mr Higgins told a mounted "field" of 25 followers that it was "a really historic occasion" and he thanked Mr Coryton and his wife Sarah for their hospitality.

"It's a considerable privilege to be back here, where our hunt began 141 years ago," he said. "The hounds have not been here for 75 years."

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