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Earliest meeting: Monday 9th April 1759
Final meeting: Monday 3rd November 1760
The East Riding village of Bishop Burton lies about 5 kilometres west of the large market town of Beverley. On the outskirts of the village, to the east, is a field which contains a medieval stone marking the boundary for the sanctuary of St John of Beverley, and this is now an Ancient Monument of some significance. Back in the middle of the 18th century Bishop Burton held its own race meetings, the first of which took place on Monday 9th April 1759 when the feature race, the Bishop Burton Purse, was won by Farmer owned by Mr Hardy. Although a meeting did take place the next year on Monday 3rd November 1760, it proved to be the last held in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir William Penniman, Mr Hardy, Mr Gee
Principal Races Bishop Burton Purse, 70 Guineas Sweepstakes
Monday 9th April 1759

Monday 9th April 1759 Bishop Burton Purse
1. Farmer owned by Mr Hardy
2. Bay horse owned by Mr Bethell
3. Dancer owned by Mr Hunt
4. Silver Hocs owned by Mr Watson
5. Mary Champion owned by Mr Douthwaite
6. White Stockings owned by Mr Crosby
7. Dispute owned by Mr Sherwood

Bishop Burton 70 Guineas Sweepstakes
1. Bay colt owned by Mr Gee
2. Bay mare owned by Mr Robinson
3. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Bethell

Saturday 18th August 1759

Saturday 18th August 1759 Bishop Burton 50 Guineas Match
1. Chestnut Gelding owned by Mr King
2. Chestnut horse owned by Mr Ness

Tuesday 20th May 1760

Tuesday 20th May 1760 Bishop Burton Purse
1. Batchelor owned by Mr Singleton
2. Levine owned by Sir William Penniman
3. Hudibrass owned by Mr Clark
4. Flirt owned by Mr Bethel
5. White Nose owned by Mr Smith
6. Eolus owned by Mr Setlington

Monday 3rd November 1760

Monday 3rd November 1760 Bishop Burton 60 Guineas Sweepstakes
1. Button Cap owned by Mr Gee
2. Grey horse owned by Mr Robinson
3. Bay mare owned by Mr Stapleton

The final meeting took place on Monday 3rd November 1760.
Course today In fields to the east of the village.
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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