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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 21st April 1820
Final meeting: Tuesday 27th April 1824
The Essex hamlet of Burton Wells, famous for its Hunt Group, diversified from hunting by organising their own race meetings in the early 19th century. The inaugural meeting was staged on Wednesday 21st June 1820 at Bull Marsh Meadows when the opening Sweepstakes was won by Captain Hallett’s Fortunio, beating Amelia and Barbarossa. The later Burton Stakes went to Captain Shelton’s Culprit who got the better of Ariel and Diamond Ace. The meeting was well supported and a further meeting took place on Tuesday 30th April 1822 when the Farmers’ Plate went to Mr Goodchild’s brown horse Buckle, while the feature Burton Hunt Stakes saw Fame beat Susan and Frolic. The final meeting was staged on Tuesday 27th April 1824 when the Hunters Plate over 3 miles was won by Captain Pritchard’s Merry Andrew.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Captain Hanson, Captain Hallett, Mr Bouverie

Principal Races Burton Hunt Stakes, Burton Wells Farmers’ Plate 

Tuesday 30th April 1822
Burton Hunt Stakes over 2 miles
1. Fame, aged horse owned by Mr Goodyear
2. Susan, aged mare owned by Captain Hanson
3. Frolic, aged horse owned by Mr Bouverie

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 27th April 1824.
Course today At Bull Marsh Meadows.
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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