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Earliest meeting: March 1862
Final meeting: Monday 14th August 1865
The East Riding of Yorkshire village of Aldborough lies about 19 kilometres to the north-east of Hull and once boasted its own races. The village was a traditional English village with the majority of the population being farmers or trades associated with farming. In the mid-1860s there were 2 blacksmiths, 4 wheelwrights, a joiner and a farrier and therefore it is no surprise that racing was held in the village in March 1862. The George Inn, owned by George Malton, was used to register entries and pay subscriptions. Three years later the final meeting took place on Monday 14th August 1865 when the Purse of Gold was won by Mr Lamplugh’s Forester after two heats. The Royal Hotel, owned by George Hildred, provided a dance after racing.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Mr George Hildred, Mr George Malton, Mr W F Harland, Mr C B Walker
Principal Races Aldborough Purse of Gold, Aldborough Hunters' Stakes

The article below is from the Hull Packet of March 1864 and is shown courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives Online:-

Monday 14th August 1865
Aldborough Purse of Gold over 1 mile A5
1. Forester, chestnut horse owned by Mr Lamplugh and ridden by F.Hutty 1 1
2. Unnamed bay mare owned by Mr Dixon and ridden by C. Marshall 2 2
3. Unnamed brown mare owned and ridden by Mr Johnson 3 3

The article below is from the Hull Packet of Friday 18th August 1865 and is shown courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives Online:-

The only recorded meeting took place on Monday 14th August 1865
Course location: Course reverted to farmland.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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