BRAMPFORD SPEKE RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 26th March 1862
Final meeting: Wednesday 26th March 1862

The tiny Devon village of Brampford Speke, together with its neighbouring Stoke Cannon, held its own races in the middle of the 19th century. The name itself derives from the Anglo-Norman terms for bramble and ford, while the Speke’s were Lords of the Manor. The twin villages lie on each side of the River Exe, some 4 miles north of Exeter. The main landowner lived in the splendid Brampford House which is in the centre of the village. The only recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 26th March 1862, although one had taken place in its near neighbour Stoke Cannon on Tuesday 31st July 1860.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
The only recorded meeting took place on 26th March 1862.
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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