The Prince's Stand at Epsom Racecourse has been officially recognised as being of historic importance.

It is one of 41 places across England that have been included in Historic England's heritage list, for being at the centre of suffragette action.

The racecourse was the scene of one of the best known protests by the Women's Social and Political Union, carried out by 41-year-old Emily Wilding Davison.

She joined the Union in 1906 and went to prison seven times for militant activities.

On 4 June, 1913, she ran across the track during the Derby and was struck by the King’s horse, Anmer.

While historians disagree over whether or not Ms Davison intended to die, recent analysis of film footage taken on the day suggests that she was trying to fix a scarf to the horse’s bridle.

The scarf, striped with the WSPU’s colours of purple, white and green, was recovered from the track and is now in the Parliamentary archives.

Heritage Minister Michael Ellis said: "A century after the first women won the right to vote, it is vital that we continue to remember all those who campaigned so hard for greater equality.

"I am delighted we are recognising the places that were at the heart of suffragette action 100 years ago."