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Earliest meeting: Thursday 18th April 1839
Final meeting: Wednesday 8th April 1846
The Norfolk village of Barnham Broom is on the River Yare and situated some 9 miles west of the county town of Norwich. Today it boasts a population of barely 500, but it did stage races in the middle of the 19th century. The first meeting took place on Thursday 18th April 1839 on a 3 ½ mile course of ‘fair hunting country’ on the outskirts of the village. A much larger meeting, under the Stewardship of Lord Suffield, took place on Wednesday 8th April 1846 offering a 3 race card. Entries had to be made at the Royal Hotel, Norwich and some members of the parish objected to racing taking place in the parish, meaning almost at the last moment the final day of racing took place on a course at nearby Colton. The course began in a field owned by Mr F Ives and wound its way towards Barnham Broom, confronting difficult leaps of every description. The Hurdle race was won by Mr Peel’s Captain Spry, while the opening Sweepstake went to Mr G Blake’s Regalia. After racing a dinner was hosted by Lord Suffield at the Royal Hotel.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Suffield, Ferdinand Ives
Principal Races Barnham Hurdle, Barnham 10 Sovereigns Sweepstake
The final meeting took place on Wednesday 8th April 1846.

Wednesday 8th April 1846
Barnham Broom Sweepstakes
1. Little John, aged horse owned by Mr Beaumont
2. Novice, aged horse owned by Mr Gowing
3. Shamrock, aged horse owned by Lord Suffield

The extract below is taken from Bell's Life & Sporting Chronicle Sunday 12th April 1846 and is shown courtesy of the British Library Online:-

Course today On a 3 ½ mile course of fair hunting country.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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