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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 11th September 1850
Final meeting: Thursday 8th September 1870
The Norfolk seaside port and market town of Kings Lynn first held races on Wednesday 11th September 1850. However, they were not successful, lasting for a two year period initially, but returned on Wednesday 4th October 1854 for a further year. Racing then lapsed until a re-launch in 1862 proved to be a more fruitful period of racing, with over 10,000 attending the meeting on Wednesday 10th September. The course, on the edge of the town, was staked at a mile complete with 6 hurdles, and the card opened with the Innkeepers’ Plate which went to Mr Weston’s Maid Marion. The principal West Norfolk Hunters’ Stakes was won by Yellow Jack. Meetings continued annually until a final card took place on Thursday 8th September 1870.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons John Platten & Walter Moyse (Stewards), Mr W M Lambourne
Principal Races Kings Lynn County Members Stakes, Kings Lynn Nursery Handicap, Borough Members Stakes

Wednesday 10th September 1862
West Norfolk Hunters’ Stakes over 2 miles and 6 hurdles
1. Yellow Jack, bay colt owned by Mr W Cole
2. Alba, bay filly owned by Mr S Rust
3. Horatia, bay horse owned by Mr Weston
Betting: 2/1 Horatia, 5/1 Alba, 5/1 Yellow Jack

Thursday 6th & Friday 7th September 1866

Kings Lynn County Members Stakes over a mile
1. Begum owned by Mr Fiddaman
2. Unnamed filly by Fazzoletto owned by Mr Wilkinson
3. Homely owned by Mr Godding

The Kings Lynn Nursery Handicap over 5 furlongs
1. Purchase owned by Mr W M Lambourne
2. Tiny owned by Mr Goodwin
3. Ida owned by Mr Moore

The Borough Members Stakes over 5 furlongs
1. Ida owned by Mr Moore
2. Begum owned by Mr Smith
3. Harbinger owned by Mr Reynard

The final meeting took place on Thursday 8th September 1870.
Course today A staked one mile course with 6 hurdles on the edge of town.
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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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