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Earliest meeting: Wednesady 13th July 1774
Final meeting: Thursday 26th October 1899
Racing was first recorded in the Cumbrian town of Penrith in 1774 when a 3 day meeting stretched from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th July 1774. The course was situated on the north side of the town, close to the Salkeld Road, and punters were able to look down on the town as they enjoyed their racing. The meeting opened with a Plate won by Mr Kaye’s Caledonia, and on the second day the Weight for Age race went to Buff owned by Mr C Howard, the MP for the area. The meetings later became the Penrith and Inglewood races and were well supported for over a century, with meetings often following the Carlisle meeting of the previous week. After a good day of racing a stag was usually let loose to be hunted before an Ordinary was served at the George Inn. The final meeting in the area was staged on Thursday 26th October 1899.

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

Earl of Lonsdale, Lieut. General Orde, Sir P Musgrave

Principal Races Penrith Town Plate, Cavalry Cup, Inglewood Hunt Stakes

Friday 15th July 1774
Penrith Give & Take over 4 miles
1. Speculator, brown horse owned by Mr Coulson
2. Creeping Molly, bay mare owned by Mr Morrison

Wednesday 6th October to Friday 8th October 1824

Inglewood Hunt 5 Guineas Sweepstake over 2 miles
1. Unnamed gelding by Competitor owned by Mr T Hudson
2. Classic owned by Sir P Musgrave

Penrith Town Plate over 3 miles
1. North Briton owned by Mr Ferguson
2. Young Corrector owned by Mr Simpson

The Cavalry Cup over 2 miles
1. Thunderclift owned by Mr Margetson

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

However, there was a final meeting in the area which took place on Thursday 26th October 1899.

Course today Today the land is used by the Penrith Golf Club. The Clubhouse was the former Grandstand of the old racecourse.
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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