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Earliest meeting: Monday 6th April 1863
Final meeting: Monday 29th September 1879.
Consett is a town in the north west of County Durham just 14 miles from the city of Newcastle. The local Consett and Derwent Hunt Committees organised race meetings in the town for a 16 year period in the latter part of the 19th century. The racecourse, skirted by the Stockton to Darlington railway line, was on Carribees Farm, owned by James Oliver, and first staged a meeting on Monday 6th April 1863. On Monday 4th November 1872 a new course was used, positioned at the junction of the Medomsley and Durham Roads, with the opening Hurdle race won by Mr Reed’s Nimrod. Racing continued for the next 7 years until a final meeting on Monday 29th September 1879.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr T Coates (Steward), Mr William Whittaker (Steward), Mr J Hodgson, Mr J J Atkinson
Principal Races North Durham Steeplechase, Carribees Hunters Stakes, Red Coat Chase

March 1877

North Durham Steeplechase
1. St Aldates owned by Mr J J Atkinson

Farmers & Tradesmen’s Stakes
1. Crusade owned by Mr L Mullinder

Carribees Hunters Stakes
1. Omen owned by Mr J Hodgson

March 1878

Carribees Chase
1. Midnight owned by Mr A Christie and ridden by Tom Cunnigham

Red Coat Chase
1. Thinskin owned by Mr J P Teather and ridden by Mr C J Cunningham

Monday 4th November 1872
Innkeepers’ Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Nimrod, aged horse owned by Mr Reed
2. Bonny Sally, aged horse owned by Mr Armstrong
3. Kate, 4 year old owned by Mr Cole
Betting: 2/1 ON Nimrod, 3/1 Bonny Sally, 5/1 Kate, 6/1 Bar

The final meeting took place on Monday 29th September 1879
Course today On the edge of the town on Carribees Farm.
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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