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Earliest meeting: Thursday 30th March 1837
Final meeting: Thursday 11th April 1867

The small Lincolnshire village of Hallington is 2 miles south west of Louth in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Known as Halintun in the Domesday Book, it consisted of 25 households, 10 acres of meadow, and belonged to Earl Hugh of Chester. Moving forward nearly 8 centuries, the village held its first races on Thursday 20th March 1837 near Hubbard’s Hill, when a Match took place for £50 between Mr W Brown’s Queen Mab and Mr P Lotam’s Gladiateur. It was over 4 miles of good hunting country and was won by Queen Mab. The South Wold Hunt Group held their first meeting at Louth in 1821, but after 45 years of racing at two different racecourses they staged a meeting at Hallington on Thursday 11th April 1867 when the United Hunt Stakes was confined to horses which hunted with the South Wold, Burton or Brocklesby Hunt Group. Amazingly, the race was won by Queen Mab (presumably the II, or an even later version), from Blondin and Chips. Later in the day the principal race, the Hunters Stakes, was won by Yarborough for Mr Weltitt. After this meeting the South Wold began holding meetings at Horncastle and later at Brackenborough.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Heneape, Mr Weltitt
Principal Races Hallington Hunters Stakes, United Hunt Stakes, South Wold Steeplechase

Thursday 11th April 1867
Hallington Hunters Stakes
1. Yarborough, 5 year old owned by Mr Weltitt
2. Fireaway, aged horse owned by Mr J Quickfall
3. Mayflower, 5 year old owned by Mr G Nelson

The final meeting took place on Thursday 11th April 1867.
Course today On Hubbard’s Hill.
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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