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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 7th December 1847
Final meeting: Tuesday 7th December 1847
The Cambridgeshire, and formerly Huntingdonshire, village of Buckworth lies just 7 miles west of Huntingdon and enjoys open countryside, much of it given over to farmland. It covers a wide area and is part of the Hundred of Leightonstone. It was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book when it consisted of just 25 houses, although the head of the Manor was based at nearby Great Paxton. Today Huntingdon still has its own National Hunt racecourse, but back in the middle of the 19th century Buckworth held a race meeting on Tuesday 7th December 1847. The event was held across all grass fields owned by Mr Walker and Mr R Earle, both of whom provided open house for the occasion. The card consisted of a Match and 3 steeplechases, the feature chase being won by Mr T Wesley’s Gayhurst.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Walker, Mr R Earle
Principal Races Buckworth 20 Sovereigns Steeplechase

Tuesday 7th December 1847
Buckworth 20 Sovereigns Steeplechase over 4 miles
1. Gayhurst, aged horse owned by Mr T Wesley
2. Pickle, bay gelding owned by Mr Bird
3. Alexander, bay gelding owned by Mr Bevill
4. Dick Turpin, bay gelding owned by Mr Percival

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 7th December 1847.

Course today On all grass fields owned by Mr Walker and Mr Earle on the edge of the village.
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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