AYCLIFFE RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: 1613
Final meeting: Monday 1st October 1877
The county Durham village of Aycliffe is situated to the south of the larger town of Newton Aycliffe. Its historic St Andrews Church once held church synods between 782 AD and 789 AD. Over 800 years later Aycliffe staged one of the earliest race meetings in the country on nearby Woodham Moor in 1613. The village has always combined their racing with Feast Week celebrations, although after 1870, when the National Hunt Committee introduced new rules governing race meetings, the Aycliffe races became point to point meetings. One such meeting on Monday 1st October 1877 featured the Aycliffe Stakes over 2 miles which was won by Mr Turner’s Dick.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Mr Turner, Mr Blackburn
Principal races Heworth Stakes, Aycliffe Stakes, Licensed Victuallers’ Stakes

Monday 1st October 1877
Aycliffe Stakes over 2 miles
1. Dick, 6 year old owned by Mr Turner
2. Unknown, 4 year old owned by Mr Blackburn
3. Lady Underhand, aged horse owned by Mr Clarke

Course today On Woodham Moor.
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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