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Earliest meeting: January 1738
Final meeting: Thursday 26th August 1784
The Essex town of Maldon, on the Blackwater estuary, was hosting its own race meetings as early as 1738. The race in January 1738 was for a £10 Plate and there were 3 runners, but all were defeated. The first went the wrong side of a post; the second failed to make weight when weighing in; the third fell and broke a foreleg. Sixteen years later a more successful 2 day meeting took place on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th September 1754 and witnessed Little Driver winning the Give and Take race on the second day. Although meetings after this date were intermittent, at the meeting held on Monday 29th August 1763 Lord March had a number of entries all of which were unsuccessful. The final 2 day meeting was staged on Wednesday 25th August and Thursday 26th August 1784. On the Wednesday The Maiden race was won by Rose, owned by Mr Brewster, at 5/1 ON. She was a long odds-on favourite again the next day but was beaten into second place by Captain Winch’s Little John who was returned at 10/1, so bringing to an end almost 50 years of racing in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Barlton, Mr Carver, Mr Catford, Mr Lamegoe
Principal Races Give and Take

Wednesday 18th - Thursday 19th September 1754

Wednesday 18th September 1754 Maldon Fifty Pounds Purse over 2 miles
1. Hercules owned by Mr Carver
2. Creeper owned by Mr Catford
3. Betzena owned by Mr Barlton
4. Smiling Peggy owned by Mr Hicks

Thursday 19th September 1754 Maldon Give and Take
1. Little Driver owned by Mr Lamegoe
2. Black Legs owned by Mr Hudson
3. Miss Bumper owned by Mr Woodthorp

The final meeting took place on Thursday 26th August 1784.
Course today In fields on the edge of the town.
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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