Its Origins

Created in 1956, the Association Les Amis de Newmarket aims to promote the twinning established between the communes of Maisons-Laffitte and Le-Mesnil-le-Roi with the town of Newmarket (and the Forest Heath District) in England.

Maisons-Laffitte and Le Mesnil-le-Roi were among the first French towns to be twinned with a foreign town, since the decision to twin with Newmarket in England was taken by the municipalities in November 1954. The twinning was initiated by Barry Lynham, a British resident in Maisons-Laffitte.

After a few official events and a first exchange of young people, the Amis de Newmarket” association was created in 1956 to promote the twinning. At the same time, the association “The Friends of Maisons-Laffitte and Le-Mesnil-le-Roi” was created in England.


Dynamism and careful preparation, will and respect for differences, idealism and pragmatism, enthusiasm and clear-sightedness, often contradictory qualities that he knew how to combine in a cocktail where the characters he received from the British and what he was able to borrow from the French were certainly blended.

Born in 1904, the year in which France and Britain concluded the Entente Cordiale, from which Barry always drew inspiration, he left us on 14 July 1985.

Barry LYNHAM was President of the Friends of Newmarket from its inception until 1979, when he asked to be relieved. He then became its Honorary President.