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Brampton Moor (in the mid-1600s it was known as Brampton Moore) was a bleak are in Westmoreland some 4 miles from Howgill, a chapelry in the Sedburgh parish. In the early years of the 19th century Howgill was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the diocese of Ripon. Whilst racing did take place on Brampton Moor in the 17th century, very little is known of the meetings. However, the owner of Howgill Castle was Sir Richard Sandford who succeeded his father and became the second Baronet in 1660.

This racecourse is not covered in any of the 4 volumes of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Richard Sandford
Principal Races Brampton Moor Bowl

In 1666 he oversaw the races on Brampton Moore (sic) and donated the main prize, a silver bowl shown opposite, which bore the inscription:-
the 25th March, 1666
Sir Richard Sandford, Howgill Castle

The results from those races have not survived the passing of time and, tragically, Sir Richard was murdered in 1675.

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the 1846 map shown below.
Course today The area is now bleak moorland.
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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