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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 4th May 1841
Final meeting: Tuesday 3rd May 1842
The East Riding of Yorkshire town of Pocklington has a rich history dating back at least 1500 years. The name comes from Pocel and tun meaning the settlement of the people of Pocela. As it was on an important transport route from York to Hull, Pocklington had a number of prominent Inns, not least the New Inn. This old coaching house was built in significant grounds and it was in these grounds, circling the New Inn, that a racecourse was established. Records show a meeting took place on Tuesday 4th May 1841 when a Sweepstakes was won by Donna Maria owned by Mr Johnson. His 4 year old filly defeated two rivals to claim the prize.  A further meeting, the last at this location, was staged on Tuesday 3rd May 1842 when the closing Purse of Gold over 2 miles was won by Mr Lister’s brown mare by Lottery.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Lister, Mr Metcalfe
Principal Races Silver Cup, Hurdle Race for Purse of Gold

Tuesday 3rd May 1842

Tuesday 3rd May 1842 New Inn Silver Cup over 2 miles
1. Bay horse by Master Richard owned by Mr Metcalfe
2. Chestnut horse by Economist owned by Mr Noble
3. Brown mare by Humphrey Clinker owned by Mr Railton

Tuesday 3rd May 1842 Pocklington Hurdle Race for a Purse of Gold over 2 miles
1. Brown mare by Lottery owned by Mr Lister

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 3rd May 1842.
Course today In the grounds of Pocklington New Inn coaching house.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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