History of the Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds

Formed by the merging of two hunts (The Badsworth Hunt and the Bramham Moor Fox Hounds), the Badsworth and Bramham Moor hounds is a traditional hunt steeped in history and boasting to be one of the oldest in the UK. With records dating back before 1730. We've collected together history and documents spanning the past two centuries with information of our heritage and how we came about to be the hunt we are today.
Throughout the year, we play host to a number of sporting events, these being our annual Point To Point held at Askham Bryan College and two seasonal Hunter Trials. Please see our Events Page for more information and specific dates around these.

The Badsworth Hunt (founded 1720’s)

The Badsworth Hunt took its name from the Badsworth Hall, the home of the founder Mr Thomas Bright, and is one of the oldest hunts in the country with records going back to the 1720’s.

Indeed, in 1730 a famous ballad of the day was written about the famous Mr Bright and his excellent hounds. To this day, thanks to the care and dedication of the Kennel Hunstman and staff, the hounds are still 'Excellent'.



The Bramham Moor Foxhounds (founded 1740)

Foxhounds have been kept at Bramham since 1740. The first Master was Mr George Fox Lane (subsequently changes to Lane Fox) who was later created Lord Bingley. The Lane Fox family have been connected with the Bramham Moor Hounds ever since, being repeatedly in and out of the Mastership throughout generations, alongside many other famous Yorkshire families. The other leading family, since 1788, has been the Lascelles of Harewood. Hounds have occasionally, throughout the Bramham Moor history, been kenneled at Harewood.

The hunt was private until it became a subscription hunt in 1922. This heralded a very popular period with big mounted fields, which often included The Princess Royal of the day. The country stretched from Skipton in the West, to Selby in the South and York in the East.



Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds (est. 2002 – present day)

In 2002, The Badsworth Hunt successfully amalgamated with the Bramham Moor Foxhounds and is now known as the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hounds, abbreviated to “BBMH”. The country now available reaches from the Pennines to the river Humber from South Yorkshire up into rural North and West Yorkshire. There is a good mix of terrain, permanent grass and stone walls, agricultural land and hedges, woodland, low land and dykes - some of the best country Yorkshire has to offer.

Despite increased demands of the industry, roads and housing, the Badsworth and Bramham Moor is a happy pack and enjoys wonderful support from the farmers, landowners, followers and members.

For an in-depth read of the history of the oldest hunts in England, please click-on the following links;



The Badsworth Hunt

A Short History Of The Badsworth Hunt By Ralph Greaves (c. 1955)

Badsworth Hunt Golden Age History (1875 - 1895)

Badsworth Hunt Snaith (1926)

Hunting In Yorkshire Badsworth (c. 1962)

The Most Southerly Of The Yorkshire Hunts (1954)

The Badworth Hunt At Badsworth Painted By Joseph Appleyard

HMS Badsworth

HMS Badsworth Naval History



The Bramham Moor Foxhounds

A History Of The Bramham Moor Hunt By William Scarth Dixon (1898)

The Bramham Moor Hunt By William Fawcett (1934)

The Bramham Moor Hunt Yearbook Celebrating 250 Years (1740 - 1990)

HMS Bramham

HMS Bramham Naval History



Shared History

British Hunts & Huntsmen Bramham & Badsworth (1910)

The British Field Sports Society 31st Year Book & Annual Report (1960 - 1961)

York And Ainsty, Bramham Moor, Badsworth And Grove Hunts By Major J.Fiarfax-Blakeborough MC (tbc)

History Photos (c. 1985)

BBMH Bramham Park Pre-Hunting Ban (2005)





Thanks and acknowledgements for information and assistance goes to John Chaplin, former long-serving Chairman of the Bramham Foxhounds, Peter Craven MBE, Jenny Tomlinson Walsh former long-serving Hunt Secretary of the Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds and Andrew McCloy, current Chairman of the Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds. In addition, in late November 2015, the BBMH received sad news of the passing of Major William Warde-Aldam. The Major was from Badsworth background, an Hon. Life Vice President and long time supporter of the Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds and will be very sadly missed. The BBMH salute you Sir.