Best of British: 60 things that make Britain great

Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.

59. Hunting horn

Hunting Horn

Since foxhunting originated in Britain in the 17th century, the hunting horn has been an essential tool for huntsmen to communicate with hounds and followers. Its evocative sound—the thrilling ‘Gone Away’, the celebratory ‘doubling the horn’, the sad, tremble of the kill—represents much more than mere practicality. The pageant of hunting continues—more than 300 hunts still meet regularly in most parts of the country.

‘The sound of his horn brought me from my bed’
(D’ye ken John Peel, John Woodcock Graves)

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