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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 28th March 1792
Final meeting: Wednesday 22nd March 1848
The Gloucestershire village of Bibury lies on the banks of the River Coln, about 7 miles north east of Cirencester. The area is surrounded by hunting country, the Bibury Club being formed as early as 1676. Races were thought to have taken place on Bibury Common as early as 1681. The first three day meeting to be included in the Racing Calendar was staged on Wednesday 28th March 1792, opening with the 3 mile Hunters Plate which went to Mr Ram’s Candidate, followed by a competitive Sweepstake won by Lord Courtenay’s Daisy Cutter. Racing then ceased until 1801, returning for an unbroken spell of 29 years. The meeting on Thursday 29th June 1824 proved particularly good for Mr Goddard who won the Bibury Stakes over 2 miles with Wiseacre, following up in the Burford Stakes with Presentiment. In 1830 the Club made use of Cheltenham Racecourse before launching a further spell of racing on its own course from 1835. The final meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd March 1848 on the old course when the Bibury Stakes was won by Mr Pearce’s Linkboy.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Lord Courtenay, Lord Sackville, General Grosvenor

Principal Races Bibury Stakes, Burford Stakes, Bibury Produce Stakes

Wednesday 28th March 1792
Bibury Sweepstake over 3 miles
1. Daisy Cutter, aged horse owned by Lord Courtenay
2. Chambooe, aged horse owned by Mr Tyndale
3. Linguist, aged horse owned by Mr Talbot

Thursday 29th June 1824

Bibury Stakes over 2 miles
1. Wiseacre owned by Mr Goddard
2. Doctor Eady owned by Mr Pryse
3. Grey Robin owned by Mr Dundas

Burford Stakes over a mile
1. Presentiment owned by Mr Goddard
2. Myra owned by Mr L Charlton
3. Picton owned by Mr Benson

Bibury Produce Stakes over a mile
1. Reality owned by Mr Rawlinson
2. Flaccus owned by General Grosvenor
3. Horoscope owned by Mr Moloney

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd March 1848.
Course today Initially on Burford Common, and later at various racecourses.
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:-

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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