BAKEWELL RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Friday 25th August 1727
Final meeting: August 1739
The Derbyshire market town of Bakewell, set in beautiful Derbyshire Dale’s countryside, first held races in 1727. The town was granted a market charter in 1254 and is famous for its Bakewell Pudding, rather than the better known Bakewell Tart. The meeting attracted landed gentry from nearby Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall and Baily’s Racing Register provided detailed results from the event held on Friday 25th August 1727. The racing fanatic, Mr William Watkins Wynn, won the race with his mare Molly-in-the-Moor. In 1728 the 3 days racing during the year consisted of four events, a race for Galloways, a second ‘give and take’ race, another for horses and the final one for actual ‘bona fide’ hunters. Meetings similar to this were also held in 1732 and again in 1739, after which the meeting died out.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir M Newton, Sir N Curzon, Mr William Wynn
Principal Races Bakewell £30 Plate

Monday 25th August 1727

Bakewell £30 Plate
1. Molly-in-the-Moor owned by Mr William Wynn
2. Milkmaid owned by Mr Witty
3. Blue-eyed Susan owned by Mr Warren

Monday 16th May 1729

Bakewell £30 Plate for 6 Year Olds
1. Quiet owned by Sir M Newton
2. Bravo owned by Sir N Curzon
3. Poor Robin owned by Mr Bagshaw
4. Spider owned by Mr Chandler

Friday 2nd September 1730

Bakewell £20 Plate
1. Miss Nesham owned by Mr Brewster
2. Diana owned by Mr Musters
3. Moorhen owned by Mr Goostry

In 1728 there were 3 days racing during the year, one a race for Galloways, a second ‘give and take’ race, another for horses and the final one for actual ‘bona fide’ hunters. Meetings similar to this meeting were also held in 1732 and again in 1739, after which the meeting died out.

Course today In fields overlooking Bakewell.
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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