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Earliest meeting: Thursday 15th August 1833
Final meeting: Friday 21st August 1840
Burnley is a market town in Lancashire equidistant from Manchester to the south and Preston to the west. In medieval times it consisted of farm houses built around a manor house on the edge of a royal forest, and was still surrounded by open countryside in the early 19th century when it staged horse racing. The first 2 day meeting took place on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August 1833 at Turf Moor, which is now the home of the football club, when the Hebergham-Eaves Stakes over 2 miles saw Mr Ogden’s Priscilla just touched off by Brown Stout, while the Burnley Stakes was won by Mr Richardson’s Augusta. By 1836 the meeting had moved to Brunshaw, now a busy thoroughfare, and extended to a 3 day meeting beginning on Thursday 18th August and finishing on Saturday. The feature of the meeting, the Town of Colne Plate over 2 miles was won appropriately enough by Mr Barrow’s Burnley. The last course to be used was at Healey Height, now open ground, when in August 1839 the meeting celebrated the War efforts of its Garrison by holding the Burnley Garrison Stakes, while the final meeting took place the next year on Friday 21st August 1840 but was poorly attended.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Stanley, Mr T Richardson, Mr Ogden
Principal Races Burnley Gold Cup, Town of Colne Plate, Garrison Officers Stakes, Burnley Hunters Stakes, Hebergham-Eaves Stakes, Free Handicap

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th August 1833

The Burnley Stakes over 2 miles
1. Augusta owned by Mr T Richardson
2. Storm owned by Mr Hudson
3. Prince owned by Mr G Crompton

The Tradesmen’s Stakes over 2 miles
1. Unnamed colt by Jerry owned by Mr T Richardson
2. Brown Stout owned by Mr Walker
3. Sarah owned by Mr Ogden

The Hebergham-Eaves Stakes over 2 miles
1. Brown Stout owned by Mr Parson
2. Priscilla owned by Mr Ogden
3. Storm owned by Mr Hudson

Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th August 1836

Burnley Gold Cup over 2 miles
1. Catherina owned by Mr Barrow
2. Amurath owned by Lord Stanley
3. Lady Blessington owned by Mr Whitaker

Burnley Hunters Stakes over 2 miles
1. Sevilia owned by Mr Howarth
2. Birdcatcher owned by Mr R Cooke
3. Lady Elizabeth owned by Mr Richardson

Town of Colne Plate over 2 miles
1. Burnley owned by Mr Barrow
2. Helen Percy owned by Mr Thompson
3. Estafette owned by Mr Allen

Burnley Free Handicap over 1 ½ miles
1. Prince owned by Mr Dawson
2. Lady Blessington owned by Mr Whitaker
3. Cashier owned by Mr Allanson

James Whyte’s History of the British Turf notes that the Lancashire town of Burnley holds 2 days racing a year and records the middle of August 1839 races as:-
Burnley Garrison Officers Stakes;
Burnley Gold Cup;

The final meeting took place on Friday 21st August 1840
Course today Initially at Turf Moor and then at Healy Height.
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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