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Earliest meeting: May 1711
Final meeting: Wednesday 19th July 1876
The earliest record of racing in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield was in May 1711 when racing was held at Crook’s Moor. At the three day meeting, from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th May 1780, the £50 race over 2 miles saw Mr Barlow’s Moses beat the more fancied Sir V Vavasour’s Mayflower, while on the final day Lord Rockingham’s hot pot Sextus Pompeius was turned over by Mr Goodall’s Mark. However, the feature race was the Sheffield Cup, over 4 miles, which was won by Mr Goodall’s Ocean. The racecourse at Crook's Moor, situated at the present day Fulwood Road, witnessed its last days racing in 1781. The Crook's Moor Racecourse was remembered in verse by the famous Irish poet James Wills. It began:-
" A noble racecourse, formed of hill and dale;
Grandstand and starting post fenced round with rail".
Racing continued intermittently in the city in at least two further locations, Broomhill and off the Redmires Road, but after a lapse in racing a two day meeting was organised at Newhall on 23rd and 24th May 1859, but it was not sustained. By 1873 the racing action had moved to Redmires Camp, a 65 acre site costing £15000 to develop into a racecourse. The course lasted for just 4 years until the final meeting took place on Wednesday 19th July 1876. No evidence of the Sheffield courses remain, although racing did transfer for a short while to Rotherham for the ‘Sheffield and Rotherham races’, but that meeting had also finished by 1901.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Rockingham, Sir V Vavasour
Principal Races The Sheffield Cup run over 4 miles in heats with up to 4 heats deciding the final winner

24th – 26th May 1780

Sheffield £50 Race over 2 miles
1 Moses owned by Mr Barlow
2 Mayflower owned by Sir V.Vavasour
3 Maria owned by Mr Harrison

Sheffield Cup over 4 miles
1 Ocean owned by Mr Goodall
2 Phoeion owned by Lord Rockingham
3 Hypocrite owned by Mr Carter

Sheffield £50 over 4 mile heats
1 Mark owned by Mr Goodall
2 Sextus Pompeius owned by Lord Rockingham
3 George owned by Mr Turner

The beautiful  trophy shown opposite, hallmarked 1777, contained a massive border of solid silver engraved around the edge with racing scenes, including ‘The Start’, ‘Full Speed’ and ‘The Finish’. It was probably contested on Thursday 29th May 1777 as the Sheffield Silver Cup, and was won by Mr Smith’s Why Not after 4 heats. In the opening heat he finished 5th behind Mr Vernon’s Bellimore; while in the second heat he finished third behind the Marquis of Rockingham’s bay mare. However, Why Not won the next two heats to secure the prize.

The racecourse at Crook's Moor witnessed its last days racing in 1781. The racecourse was situated at the present day Fulwood Road. The Crook's Moor Racecourse was remembered in verse by the famous Irish poet James Wills. It began:-
" A noble racecourse, formed of hill and dale;
Grandstand and starting post fenced round with rail"
The final meeting took place on Wednesday 19th July 1876.
Course today

Initially at Crook’s Moor, then Broomhil, Redmires Camp and Newhall.

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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