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Earliest meeting: Thursday 10th July 1817
Final meeting: Tuesday 30th June 1864
The Kent village of Lamberhurst today has a population of barely 1500 and lies in the valley of the River Teise, a tributary of the River Medway. In Roman times the area was famous for its connection with the iron industry, but much later the village held a series of races, although the quality of runners was inferior and crowds were sparse. The first record of a meeting was on Thursday 10th July 1817 when an unfortunate fatal incident caused Mr Dawson’s filly to fall, killing jockey W. Boynton. The next meeting where results were reported was on Wednesday 18th December 1839 on grassland on the edge of the village. It was then a further 25 years before racing was mentioned again in the village. A Match took place over fair racing ground on the outskirts of Lamberhurst between Mr Thomas Barton and Mr James Cheney. It resulted in an easy win for Mr Cheney riding Pretty Poll.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Barton, Mr Cheney
Principal Races Lamberhurst Match

Tuesday 30th June 1864
Lamberhurst Match
1. Pretty Poll, bay mare owned by Mr James Cheney
2. Little Thought-of, aged horse owned by Mr Thomas Burton
Betting: 4/5 Little Thought-of, Evens Pretty Poll

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 30th June 1864.

Course today Over fair racing ground on the outskirts of the village.
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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