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Earliest meeting: Monday 26th May 1735
Final meeting: Monday 4th June 1770
The County Durham town of Chester-le-Street is situated on the River Wear some 7 miles south of Newcastle upon Tyne and just 8 miles west of Sunderland. It is steeped in history and can be traced back to Roman times when the Roman fort Concangis was built. There is even earlier evidence of a settlement in the Iron Age, but amazingly the town was not mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. In the middle of the 18th century the town held its own races which were recorded in the ‘Historical List of Horse Matches and Races’, the earliest being on Monday 26th May 1735. The course was on Chester South Moor and races were held annually until Whit Monday 3rd June 1770.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Fenwick, Mr Parker
Principal Races Chester-le-Street 4 year old Stakes, Chester-le-Street 5 year olds and upwards

12th June 1764

Chester-le-Street 4 year old Stakes over 4 miles
1. Scanderbergh, brown colt owned by Mr Parker
2. Unnamed bay colt owned by Mr Alcock
3. Unnamed bay filly owned by Mr Serlington

13th June 1764

Chester-le-Street 5 year olds and upwards
1. Shepherd, bay horse owned by Mr Fenwick
2. Unnamed black horse owned by Mr Carr
3. Unnamed grey mare owned by Mr Peacock

The final meeting took place on Monday 4th June 1770.
Course today On Chester South Moor
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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