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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 18th January 1848
Final meeting: Tuesday 18th January 1848

The Oxfordshire parish of Deddington lies some 6 miles South of Banbury and once held its own race meeting in the mid-1800s. The parish can trace its history back to Anglo-Saxon times when it was known as Daeda. The Manor of Deddington was held by the step-brother of William the Conqueror, Odo, and he built Deddington Castle, although there is little evidence of the castle remaining today. The earliest race meeting consisted of a Match for 20 Sovereigns per side on Tuesday 18th January 1848 on the outskirts of Deddington between Mr T Austin’s Flatcatcher and Mr T Timms’s Go-Forget-Me. The selected course started half a mile from town on the left of the Banbury road and there was lively pre-race betting, with Flatcatcher being backed down from 2/1 to evens. However, he refused at the first fence and never made up the lost ground to hand Go-Forget-Me an easy win.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr T Timms, Mr T Austin
Principal Races

Deddington 20 Sovereigns Match

Tuesday 18th January 1848
Deddington 20 Sovereigns Match
1. Go-Forget-Me, aged horse owned by Mr T Timms
2. Flatcatcher, aged horse owned by Mr T Austin and ridden by Herring

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 18th January 1848.

Course today On the Banbury road half a mile from Deddington.
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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