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Earliest meeting: Thursday 16th May 1895
Final meeting: Thursday 18th October 1906
If you hear the name Keele today then the chances are you are visiting a service sation on the M6, but prior to this a racecourse stood close to the morotway. The first recorded meeting took place on Thursday 16th May 1895 at Keele Park Racecourse, close to the town of Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire, on the grounds owned by Ralph Sneyd and opened by him. Two local schools are named after the Sneyd family. That first mixed meeting contained 4 steeplechases and 2 hurdle races. The Keele estate had its own station which opened in 1896 to serve the racecourse and was independent of Keele Station. It stood next to Stoneylow Farm, which was also known as Lane Farm and today has been renamed Racecourse Farm in memory of the old racecourse. At the meeting on Monday 26th October 1896 the feature race, the Burslem Steeplechase, was won by Lord Cholmondeley’s Mervyn. Races were generally of a mediocre nature and the final 2 day meeting took place on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October 1906.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Shrewsbury, Lord Cholmondeley, Colonel North
Principal Races Burslem Steeplechase, Keele Handicap Steeplechase, Newcastle Handicap Hurdle

Monday 26th October 1896
Burslem Steeplechase over 2 miles
1. Mervyn, aged horse owned by Lord Cholmondeley
2. Basement, 5 year old owned by Mr Dodsworth
3. Down Quilt, 4 year old owned by Sir W Ingram

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The final meeting took place on Thursday 18th October 1906.

Course today To the right of Clockwork Drive, beyond the M6, the Keele Park Service Station stands on the old racecourse. Meetings from 1907 were transferred to nearby Uttoxeter.
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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