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Lathom Park: The Home Of The Real War Horses

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November 11, 2021

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As World War One broke out, it was decided by the UK that Liverpool would be an ideal port to import horses to the UK.

Although the port was ideal, there wasn’t an adequate site in Liverpool to home and train horses. So, Lathom Park in Ormskirk, in agreement with the War Office, was turned into a temporary military base as World War One started in 1914.

Between 1914 and 1917, a grand total of 215,300 horses were brought to Lathom Park. Below is a photo from 1914 of the horses making their way from Ormskirk Train Station to Lathom Park.

horses walking from ormskirk station

The trustees at Lathom Park have collected many photographs and documents from this time and have kindly allowed HAPPA to share them with you. On Remembrance Sunday, we will publish some highlights of their incredible archive, including some stories of the people and horses who lived and worked at Lathom Park.

If you are interested in finding out more information then head over to their Facebook page and plan a visit to Lathom Park, you can even follow the War Horse trail and try to imagine what it would have been like to take part in this incredibly important historical journey.

warhorse remembrance sunday

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