Crowds turned out in 1947 to wave off the Boxing Day hunt

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There’s nothing more likely to split opinions and raise tempers than the Boxing Day hunt.

Protests, scuffles and outright punch-ups have greeted the hunts in recent years, with many asking whether the pastime has a place in the 21st century.

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In Horsham 1947, though, there were no such concerns – or, if there were, they were far more subdued than today.

These pictures were published in the County Times and showed the men and women of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt and the huge crowd which gathered in the Carfax to see them off.

Among them were Mr and Mrs Endeman, of Slinfold, who are pictured on their horses outside W Oldershaw’s clothing shop, which was situated opposite the bandstand.

Another picture shows a gaggle of schoolboys walking alongside the horses as the Crawley and Horsham Foxhounds made their way towards Sun Oak from Domesday Green, Mannings Heath.

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The final picture shows Crawley and Horsham hunt members who had set aside their red jackets in favour of cricket whites for a match against the men of the Southdown Hunt.

The match was declared a draw after heavy rain stopped play.

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