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Earliest meeting: Saturday 17th April 1863
Final meeting: Thursday 25th April 1878
The Northamptonshire village of Brigstock is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the royal forest of Rockingham. The Manor House in the village is a Grade II listed building and was used as a hunting lodge. A series of steeplechase meetings were held in the village in the 19th century, the first of which took place on Saturday 17th April 1863. The meeting, held in Bradstock Park by permission of the owner Mr W Scarth, could call on hunters from the Pytchley, the Cottesmore and the Fitzwilliam Hunts, and was attended by Earl and Lady Spencer. The opening Farmers’ and Tradesmen’s Stakes was won by Mr John Wood’s Mersey. Racing continued in Bradstock Park until a final meeting on Thursday 25th April 1878.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Earl Spencer, Earl of Cardigan, Earl of Dalkeith
Principal races

Brigstock Open Sweepstake, Brigstock Chase

Saturday 17th April 1863
Brigstock Open Sweepstakes
1. The Hack, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Hill
2. All’s Well, aged horse owned by Mr Percival
3. Blarney, aged horse owned by Mr Patkin

The races were held annually in the village for 9 years, with a final meeting taking place on Thursday 25th April 1878.
Course today On Bradstock Park owned by Mr W Scarth.
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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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