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The first recorded meeting at Wye Racecourse took place at The Crown on Tuesday 29th May 1849 and the course was situated in East Kent, between Ashford and Canterbury, near the town of Wye at Wye Station. Less than one mile round, and more suited to a greyhound track than a racecourse, Wye could not be entirely classed as the ideal preparation for a tilt at the Champion Hurdle. Yet some horses did use it as a preparation for the big race. The meeting lasted at this venue until 29th May 1878. The meeting transferred to Harville Farm in 1878 and remained there until 1974.
Local Patrons Mr B Land, Mr B Sherratt, Mr C Formby
Principal Races Wye Centenary Chase, Wye Sweepstake

Wednesday 30th May 1855

Wye Mile and a Half Sweepstakes
1. Vestige owned by Mr B Land
2. Merrythought owned by Mr Sherrard
3. Evening Star owned by Mr Barling

Wye Auction Sweepstakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Grey Chicken owned by Mr B Land
2. Lady Blanche owned by Mr Formby
3. The Doctor owned by Mr Barling

Wye One Mile Sweepstakes
1. Dartford owned by Mr B Land
2. Prevarication owned by Mr B Sherrard
3. Diminutive owned by Mr C Formby

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The final National Hunt meeting took place on 2nd May 1974, but Flat racing finished at the course in 1878.
Course today

Still evidence of the existence of a racecourse, although the land is now farmed.

I am grateful to Jon Seddon for providing a grid reference to help locate the old racecourse and link to a map courtesy of Google.
The Crown
Harville Farm

The rare handbill shown below is provided courtesy of the Robert Shaw collection.

The front cover/ principal races from this rare racecard are provided courtesy of the Robert Shaw collection.

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