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Earliest meeting: September 1620
Final meeting: Wednesday 6th October 1802
The Oxfordshire town of Burford, on the River Windrush, lies 18 miles of Oxford and staged racing as early as the first few years of the 17th century. The meeting was only recorded because of a fatal stabbing taking place at the event in September 1620. Whilst a further meeting was certainly staged in 1685, the first occasion when actual runners and results were recorded was in the ‘Historical List of Horse-Matches Run in 1751’ which mentioned a meeting taking place in September when prominent owners the Duke of Ancaster, Sir Charles Sidley and Sir John Phillips all contested the Nobleman’s Subscription Plate. The race was won by Badger owned by Sir Charles Sidley. Racing continued for the next half a century until a final 2 day meeting in early October saw His Majesty’s Plate won by Teddy the Grinder owned by Mr Durand.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Chedworth, Sir G O Paul, Sir M Featherstone, Sir J Elwell
Principal Races Kings Plate, Kings 100 Guineas, Noblemen & Gentlemen’s Subscription Purse

Monday 2nd September 1751

Noblemen & Gentlemen’s Subscription Purse
1. Badger, grey horse owned by Sir Charles Sidley
2. Magick (sic), grey horse owned by the Duke of Ancaster
3. Cornwall, grey horse owned by Sir John Phillips

Monday 2nd September 1751

Burford Match over 4 miles
1. Unnamed bay colt by Second, owned by James Lenox Dutton
2. Unnamed chestnut mare by Foxhunter, owned by Lord Chadworth

Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th November 1762

Burford Kings 100 Guineas run over 3 miles
1. White Legs owned by Lord Chedworth
2. Henricus owned by Sir M Featherstone
3. Sweepstakes owned by Mr Hilliar

Burford 2 mile Purse
1. Cupid owned by Mr Warren
2. Sportsman owned by Sir J Elwell
3. Sportley owned by Mr Pigott

Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd May 1782

Burford Kings Plate run over 3 miles
1. Capability owned by Mr Carterer
2. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Wilkins
3. Music owned by Mr Walbank
The winner was carrying the Black and White paned colours of Mr Carterer and won both of his heats.

Burford 4 mile Plate
1. Antagonist owned by Mr Stapleton
2. Soupire owned by Sir G O Paul
3. Obscurity owned by Lord Milford

Burford Sweepstake run over a mile
1. Mountebank owned by Mr R Dutton
2. Merry Andrew owned by Mr Boyes
3. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Dutton & Mr Naper

John Cary (1754-1835) was an English cartographer who published his atlas, The New and Correct English Atlas, in 1787. In 1794 he was commissioned by the Postmaster General to survey all English roads. The map shown below is an extract from his 1794 work.

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 6th October 1802.
Course today In fields on the edge 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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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