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Earliest meeting: Friday 28th June 1867
Final meeting: Monday 28th June 1869
The earliest meeting held in the Dorset market town of Bridport, close to Chesil Beach, was on Friday 28th June 1867 and was the brainchild of Mr Bullen the landlord of the Prussia Hotel to celebrate Coronation Day. The course, opposite Lee Cottage on East Road, was in fields owned by Mr G Miller of Bradpole, and included a grandstand which was available for 18d. The second meeting was on Monday 29th June 1868 opening with the Purse won by Light of Other Days, owned by Mr S Seymour. The final meeting was staged on Monday 28th June 1869.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr Bullen, Mr B P Gundry (Steward)

Principal Races  Bridport Stakes, Bridport Purse, Bradpole Hurdle

Monday 29th June 1868
Bridport Stakes over 1 ¼ miles and 6 flights
1. Aeolus, 4 year old owned by Mr G S Miller
2. Light of Other Days, 5 year old owned by Mr S Seymour
3. Stella, 6 year old owned by Mr Hebditoh
Betting: Evens Light of Other Days, 5/4 Aeolus, 3/1 Stella

The final meeting took place on Monday 28th June 1869.
Course today On East Road opposite Lee Cottage.
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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