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Earliest meeting: Thursday 31st March 1842
Final meeting: Thursday 31st March 1842
The Lincolnshire village of Aswardby is located 4 miles north west of Spilsby in the East Lindsay district of the county. It boasts the Tally Ho Inn which was built around 1750 and nearby on the Aswardby Estate races took place on Thursday 31st March 1842. The course was in the neighbourhood of Standbridge Hill, a mile from the village, starting in the Long Green Meadow and proceeding over ridge and furrow towards Aswardby Church. A turning flag was situated at Edgewood Farm and after turning the runners headed back to the winning flag at the Long Green Meadow. Entries were made at the White Lion, where weigh-ins took place, and the venue also hosted the after race Ordinary. The principal Aswardby Sweepstake attracted a field of 15 and was won by Mr Miller’s Dick Forester, while the final Sweepstake went to Mr Lee’s Post Captain, beating Queen Bee and Giraffe.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Gore, Mr Wakefield (Stewards)
Principal Races Aswardby Sweepstake

Thursday 31st March 1842
The Aswardby Sweepstake over 4 miles
1. Dick Forester, bay gelding owned by Mr Miller
2. Swanhead, chestnut horse owned by Mr Webb
3. Eleanor, bay mare owned by Mr Hawkes
4. Tom Tickler, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Cross

The final meeting took place on Thursday 31st March 1842.
Course today A mile from the village, starting and finishing in the Long Green Meadow.
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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