ALWINTON RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 31st March 1846
Final meeting: Tuesday 12th April 1853
The village of Alwinton, situated 30 kilometres west of Alnwick, is in Northumberland and was previously called Allenton. The village had its own racecourse and the inaugural meeting was on Tuesday 31st March 1846 when tragedy struck in the opening race. The Chase was hotly contested by The Falcon and Weathercock, with The Falcon just prevailing. Immediately after the race Weathercock suffered a fatal heart attack. The 3 ½ mile course started at Clennell Haugh and, after a days’ competitive racing, Ordinaries were provided by Mrs Burn of Alwinton. Races were staged annually for the next 7 years until the final meeting on Tuesday 12th April 1853.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Walter Selby of Biddleston Hall
Principal races Alwinton Steeplechase, Alwinton Hurdle

Tuesday 31st March 1846
Alwinton Steeplechase over 4 miles A15
1. The Falcon owned by Mr Selby and ridden by Richards
2. Weathercock owned by Mr Grey
3. Streamlet owned by Mr Sidgreave

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 12th April 1853.
Course today On the outskirts of Alwinton starting at Clennell Haugh.
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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