At the end of his career as a successful jockey, Fred Barrett, born 1846, (who had won The Derby on Ayrshire in 1888), became a trainer at The Downs Stables c. 1891 - 1899. The Goatcher family was closely related to the Barretts.
Fred Barrett's daughter, Annie, born 1872, eloped one night with her lover. This was via an upper storey window of the Gun Inn. She scrambled down a ladder to where George Clarke a stable lad was waiting for her. Many years later she paid a visit to the inn with her grandson.
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