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Earliest meeting: Monday 9th June 1755
Final meeting: Wednesday 24th June 1767
The Cheshire town of Northwich lies in the Chester unitary authority at the confluence of the River Dane and River Weaver. The town is located 18 miles east of the city of Chester, and some 15 miles south of Warrington. The area has a rich history dating back before Roman times when it was known as Condate. In the middle of the 18th century the town hosted its own race meeting, with results from the three day meeting from Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th June 1755 recorded in the ‘Historical List of Horse races and Matches’ of 1755. On the opening day the £50 Purse was won by Mr Grosvenor’s Alderman who got the better of Sir Peter Leister’s more fancied Bonny Lass, while on the next day the 100 Guineas Plate was won by Mr Slaughter’s chestnut horse. Ten years later a two day meeting was held on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June 1765 when Lord Grosvenor’s Fop and Mr Coates’ Young David captured the principal races over the two days. The final meeting was staged at Crabtree Green just two years later on Wednesday 24th June 1767, with Young Statesman securing the main prize for Mr Clifton. Races continued at Crabtree Green well into the middle of the 19th century, but were no longer billed as Northwich Races.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Grosvenor, Sir Peter Leister, Sir William Daniel
Principal Races Northwich 100 Guineas Subscription Plate

9th June 1755

Northwich £50 Purse for 4 year olds over 2 miles
1. Alderman, chestnut colt owned by Mr Grosvenor
2. Bonny Lass, bay filly owned by Sir Peter Leister
3. Rocket, bay colt owned by Mr Egerton

10th June 1755

Northwich 100 Guineas Subscription Plate over 4 miles
1. Unnamed chestnut horse owned by Mr Slaughter
2. Frolick, bay mare owned by Mr Rawden
3. Unnamed grey horse owned by Sir William Daniel

11th June 1755

Northwich £50 Purse for 5 year olds
1. Attilius, bay horse owned by Mr Egerton
2. Honesty, brown horse owned by Mr Neadon
3. Venus, chestnut mare owned by Mr Whytaker

25th June 1765

Northwich £50 Purse
1. Fop, bay horse owned by Lord Grosvenor
2. Young Silvio, horse owned by Mr J S Barry
3. Speedwell, bay horse owned by Mr Jordan

26th June 1765

Northwich £50 Give & Take
1. Young David, brown horse owned by Mr Coates

23rd June 1767

Northwich £50 4 year old Stakes over 2 miles
1. Warp, bay mare owned by Mr J S Barry
2. Nettle, grey mare owned by Mr French

24th June 1767

Northwich £50 for 5 year olds and upwards
1. Young Statesman, chestnut horse owned by Mr Clifton

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 24th June 1767.
Course today The races were staged on Crabtree Green.
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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