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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 17th April 1838
Final meeting: Wednesday 3rd April 1839
The Cheshire village of Carden is comprised of Higher and Lower Carden, both being close to Cardan Park. At one stage a racecourse was formed on the Park and first held races on Tuesday 17th April 1838. Today the Carden Park Hotel is set in 1000 acres of glorious Cheshire countryside, but at the meeting in 1838 the Carden Sweepstake was won by Billy-the-Beau owned by Mr Tuthill. The feature race was sponsored by Mr Leche, the then Master of the Cheshire Hounds, who donated a Gold Cup which went to Abbeyfield. The next year the meeting was staged on Wednesday 3rd April 1839 on a course under Carden Cliff. The course was a well chosen line of country with good fences, stiff hedges, 3 brooks and a wide drain to finish. The opening Sweepstakes was won by Mr J F Knaresbro’s Leander, while the principal Carden Steeplechase went to Sir Arthur, owned by Mr J H S Barry, who beat Derrynane and Lushingham.

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

Captain France, Mr Leche (Master of the Cheshire Hounds)

Principal Races Carden Cup, Carden Sweepstakes

Tuesday 17th April 1838

Carden Cup donated by Mr Leche, Master of Cheshire Hounds
1. Abbeyfield owned by Mr Ford
2. Dictator owned by Captain France
3. Rat-Tail owned by Mr Sparling

Carden Sweepstakes
1. Billy-The-Beau owned by Mr Tuthill
2. La Fayette owned by Mr Watson
3. Maid-of-the-Mill owned by Mr Cockerill

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 3rd April 1839.
Course today

The grounds are now part of Carden Park Golf course, which also has a number of historic holiday cottages.

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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