PADDOCK, or Pahdoc Course. A piece of ground encompassed with pales or a wall, and taken out of a park, a mile long and a quarter of a mile broad, for the purpose of coursing deer with greyhounds, a diversion to which Queen Elizabeth was ardently attached. These paddocks were seldom seen but in the royal parks, or upon the demesnes of the most opulent. The sport has been a long time discontinued, and the word paddock is applied at the present time only to a small enclosed meadow or pasture, protected by paling; or to a small tract of land surrounding or appertaining to a rural mansion, where a few brace of fallow-deer may be kept, but not of magnitude sufficient to acquire the appellation of a park.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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