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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 15th October 1765
Final meeting: Friday 22nd October 1880
The North Yorkshire town of Northallerton is in the Hambleton district of the county 32 miles from York. Racing first took place in the town when a 3 day meeting was staged from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th October 1765, with £50 prizes offered for each of the 3 races. Little Adam won on day one; Apollonia on day two, and Miss Peeper on the third day. These early meetings were held at Otterington on a course that was an unusual triangular shape of just a mile, although the bends were not tight. There was a sprint course of 6 furlongs which joined the main course and to provide some comfort for racegoers an insubstantial grandstand was built. The highlight of the meetings in the late 18th century was the Members Plate which was won by Mr A Burdon’s Duchess on Friday 11th October 1782. The highlight of the card in the 19th century was the Gold Cup which was won by Mr Haworth’s Minna on Friday 15th October 1824. Meetings continued for over 100 years before a final meeting took place on Friday 22nd October 1880.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Lord Normanby, Duke of Leeds

Principal Races Gold Cup, Members Plate,  Bromfield Stakes, Silver Cup

Thursday 10th to Friday 11th October 1782

Northallerton 4 mile Plate
1. Farewell owned by Mr Snowden
2. Nanny-O owned by Mr Hartley
3. Morpon owned by Mr Harpur

Northallerton Members Plate over 4 miles
1. Duchess owned by Mr Burdon
2. Shrimp owned by Mr Alcock
3. Petrarch owned by Mr Stapleton

Thursday 14th October to Saturday 16th October 1824

Bromfield Stakes over 3 miles
1. Tom Paine owned by Mr Watson
2. Pecunia owned by Mr Lambton
3. Newburgh owned by Mr Baker

Northallerton Gold Cup over 4 miles
1. Minna owned by Mr Haworth
2. Carnival owned by Mr Lambton
3. Lottery owned by Mr Whittaker

Northallerton Members Plate over 3 miles
1. Minna owned by Mr Haworth
2. Primrose owned by Mr Humble
3. Unnamed filly by Milo owned by Mr Linskill

James Whyte’s History of the British Turf notes that racing first took place at Northallerton, some 32 miles from York, in 1774 and that 3 days of racing took place in mid-October. Whyte records the October 1839 races as:-
Northallerton Town Plate over 2 miles;
Northallerton Gold Cup over 2 miles;
Northallerton Silver Cup over 2 miles;

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Friday 22nd October 1880.
Course today At Otterington on an unusual triangular mile course.
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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