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Earliest meeting: Monday 2nd April 1832
Final meeting: Thursday 17th March 1835
The Norfolk village of Thelveton has a rich history which dates back before the Domesday Book, although in the early days it was known as Telvetun and was little more than an agricultural village. In the first half of the 19th century the village hosted its own race meetings, initially on Monday 2nd April 1832, with a much grander meeting on Tuesday 17th March 1835. That later meeting was billed as ‘Scole Steeplechases’ although the course started at Sturston Common and after crossing the Waveney headed to the turnpike road before progressing towards Thelveton. Over 6000 attended the meeting which began with a 4 mile steeplechase which was won by Matilda for Mr G St V Wilson. The second race was between 2 red flags positioned at Thrandeston and Mellis, a distance of 4 miles. The race was won by Fortunate Youth for Mr J Blake. After racing a sumptuous dinner was served at the Scole Inn.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Major Copeland, Mr Hector Munro
Principal Races Thelveton Steeplechase, Scole Steeplechase

Thursday 17th March 1835
Thelveton Steeplechase over 4 miles
1. Fortunate Youth, aged horse owned by Mr J Blake
2. Niagara, aged mare owned by Mr F Caldecott
3. Grab, aged horse owned by Mr Hector Munro

The final recorded meeting took place on Thursday 17th March 1835.

Course today A 4 mile course starting at Sturston Common and heading towards Thelveton.
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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