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Stockbridge racecourse was originally situated on Houghton Down just 2 miles from the town centre and can boast of a history of racing before 1775. Indeed, the first meeting took place on Tuesday 28th August 1753 and the results from that 3 day meeting are shown below. By 1839 a new course, close to the old one, had been developed and was on Damburgh Hill in the parishes of Wallop and Longstock. The new grandstand was constructed for the use of Bibury Club Members.

Local Patrons Earl of Grosvenor
Principal Races Bibury Stakes, Stockbridge Cup Stakes, Champagne Stakes, Produce Stakes, Earl of Grosvenor Purse

Tuesday 28th August 1753

Stockbridge £50 Race for horses never to have won a King’s Plate
1. Merlin, a bay horse owned by Sir F Moore 1 1
2. Figure, a grey horse owned by the Duke of Hamilton 3 2
3. Trojan, a bay horse owned by Mr Bowles

Wednesday 29th August 1753

Stockbridge Sweepstakes Match
1. Unnamed bay horse owned by Mr Thistlethwaite
2. Unnamed grey mare owned by Sir Thomas Heathcote

Thursday 30th August 1753

Stockbridge 4 year old £50 match over 3 miles
1. Sophie, a bay mare owned by Lord Craven
2. Betty Thoughtless, a bay mare owned by Mr Bowles

Thursday 25th & Friday 26th June 1829

Stockbridge 3 year old Sweepstakes over a mile
1. Windrush owned by Mr Dilly
2. Lusher owned by Mr Biggs
3. Negress owned by Mr Shard

Stockbridge Hunters Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Moses owned by Mr Chambers
2. Brownlock owned by Mr Mills
3. Sunshine owned by Mr De Burgh

Earl of Grosvenor 50 Pound Purse over a mile
1. Unnamed filly by Oiseau owned by Mr J Day
2. Hercules owned by Mr Wiltshire
3. Baleine owned by Mr Dilly

James Whyte’s History of the British Turf notes that the Bibury Club now hold their races at Stockbridge, but when they first organised races back in 1801 they were held at Burford, and then moved to Cheltenham. The records for the July 1839 meeting had such races as :-
Bibury Stakes over 2 miles;
Champagne Stakes & Produce Stakes over a mile;
Stockbridge Cup Stakes over a mile and a half;
Andover Stakes over a mile.

With thanks to Eric Graham for the picture of the racecourse.

The final meeting took place on 7th July 1898
Course today  

For further reading I suggest 'Days at the races, A History of Stockbridge Racecourse' by Anthony C Raper ISBN 0 903755 22X

Also delighted to announce the publication of :-

Stockbridge Racecourse - The Last Ten Years 1889 – 1898: LastTenYears1889-1898
Stockbridge Racecourse - The Hastings' Era 1862 – 1868:
Future publication expected in the Autumn, Stockbridge returns 1879-1888 with biographies of the 'John Day’.

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