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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 24th April 1839
Final meeting: Wednesday 24th April 1839
The Norfolk villages of East and West Rudham are located in the Kings Lynn district of the county. Despite being small, East Rudham had its own railway station on the Kings Lynn to Melton Constable line, and in the 19th century the villages held their own steeplechase meeting which took place on Wednesday 24th April 1839. The three mile race, with catch weights, took place over good hunting ground where runners faced 23 demanding leaps. After starting in fields on the edge of the village, the runners faced 3 easy fences before a large fourth fence, positioned on the hard road, caused Marengo to fall. Three quarters of a mile from home, after Kate had fallen, Mungo took up the running and made for home with an unassailable lead. However, his rider mistook the winning flag and pulled up 200 yards from the winning line, handing victory to Mr Thompson’s Mayflower.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Podmore, Mr Prickett, Mr Thompson, Mr Freeman
Principal Races Rudham Subscription Purse

Wednesday 24th April 1839
Rudham Subscription Purse over 3 miles
1. Mayflower, aged mare owned by Mr Thompson
2. Mungo, aged horse owned by Mr Prickett
3. Marengo, aged horse owned by Mr Podmore
4. Kate Nickelby, aged mare owned by Mr Freeman

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 24th April 1839.
Course today A 3 mile all grass course with 23 demanding leaps.
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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