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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 26th November 1844
Final meeting: Tuesday 26th November 1844
The Lincolnshire market town of Bourne lies in the South Kesteven district of the county and is surrounded by farm land. The name Bourne derives from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning stream, and the town lies on the Roman Road now called King Street. It once held its own race meeting on Tuesday 26th November 1844 over a beautiful line of country starting at Grimsthorpe and heading a mile and a half to Harthorpe before returning to the start to complete a 3 mile course. The umpires for the £100 a side Match were Lord Willoughby and Lord Carrington, and the two contestants were a mare owned by Mr Charlton, the Honourable Mr Willoughby and Dr Parsons, and a colt owned by Mr C Christian. The mare was ridden by Scott, while the colt was ridden by Christian who was the son of the famous jockey Dick Christian. Although the first Grand National is reported to have taken place in 1839 when won by Lottery, three years earlier a similar race was staged in Liverpool when the runner up was Polyanthus, ridden by Dick Christian. In the Bourne race both horses refused at the first fence, but Scott’s mare reacted first and after scrambling across the fence went on to canter to an easy victory. There are no further records of racing in the town.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Lord Willoughby, Lord Carrington, Mr R N Munton, Mr B B Ferraby (Stewards)
Principal races Bourne £100 Match

Tuesday 26th November 1844
Bourne Match over 3 miles
1. Unnamed mare owned by Charlton, Willoughby and Dr Parsons
2. Unnamed colt owned by Mr C Christian

The only record of a meeting shows that it took place on Tuesday 26th November 1844.
Course today A 3 mile course from Grimsthorpe to Harthorpe and back.
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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