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Earliest meeting: Thursday 7th August 1845
Final meeting: Tuesday 7th August 1866
The small market town of Brigg, shortened from its original name of Glanford Brigg, lies in north Lincolnshire on the River Ancholme. The town held a series of race meetings in the 19th century, the first of which took place on Thursday 7th August 1845. The course was half a mile from the town centre on the Caistor Road when the main event, the Brigg Hurdle Sweepstakes over 1 ½ miles, was won by Mayflower for Mr J Marshall, beating Mary Ellen and Diana. The next year a meeting took place on Thursday 6th August 1846, opening with the Subscription Purse which was won by Sir Harry Smith.  A third meeting took place in August 1847 after which racing lapsed. In 1863 a revival meeting was staged which went so well that racing continued for each of the next 3 years, until a final meeting was held on Tuesday 7th August 1866.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Gamhill, Mr Pickering
Principal Races Brigg Town Stakes, Glanford Bridge Plate, Innkeepers’ Plate

Tuesday 9th August 1864
Brigg Town Stakes
1. Cherry Trap owned by Mr Brook
2. Ratcatcher owned by Mr Gamhill
3. Lady Jane owned by Mr Pickering

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 6th August 1846.
Course today Half a mile out of town on the Caistor Road.
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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