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Earliest meeting: Monday 20th July 1835
Final meeting: Sunday 16th August 1840
The town and port of Blyth is in the south east of Northumberland and lies to the south of the River Blyth. It is located about 21 kilometres from Newcastle Upon Tyne and was an important ship building and lining area. It held a 2 day meeting on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st July 1835 when the opening Silver Cup was won by Mr Fawcus’s Locksley defeating Cornet and Bonny Pet Lad. The Blyth Stakes went to Wallsend and the Silver Salver to Mr Robertson’s Manager. The principal race on day 2 was the Delaval Stakes which went to Wallsend; the Seaton Delaval Stakes remains an important race today at Newcastle. Meetings continued for just 5 more years until a final card was staged on Sunday 16th August 1840.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Potts, Mr Robertson
Principal Races Delaval Stakes, Blyth Silver Cup, Blyth Silver Salver

Tuesday 21st July 1835
Delaval Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Wallsend, bay gelding owned by Mr Potts
2. Manager, grey horse owned by Mr Robertson
3. Alice Grey, bay mare owned by Mr Jobling

The final meeting took place on Sunday 16th August 1840.
Course today On Common ground on the outskirts of the town.
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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