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Earliest Meeting: Wednesday 20th September 1721
Final Meeting: Thursday 21st September 1721
The Lincolnshire coastal village of Saltfleet lies in the East Lindsey district of the county, some 8 miles north of the better known seaside town of Mablethorpe, and just over 10 miles east of Louth. The village boasts the Grade 1 listed church of Saint Botolph, a Manor House which dates from 1673, and a Grade II listed windmill from the 19th century. Although Louth was staging widely reported race meetings by 1760, it is thought that they had held races well before that date. However, Saltfleet is set in beautiful open countryside and used it to good effect when it held its own races in the early part of the 18th century, with a 2 day meeting advertised in the Stamford Mercury on Thursday 24th August 1721. Details of that meeting, which took place on Saltfleet Sands on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September 1721, are shown below. Although the newspaper advertised the meeting, unfortunately it did not report results from the meeting.

Over 1600 former courses are covered in Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Wheldale, Mr Will
Principal Races Saltfleet Plate, Saltfleet Weight for Inches Handicap

The newspaper extract below is shown courtesy of the Stamford Mercury and British Newspaper Online.

The final meeting took place on Thursday 21st September 1721
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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