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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 13th March 1838
Final meeting: Tuesday 13th March 1838
The Shropshire village of Burcot, close to Wellington and to the west of Telford, is in the Telford and Wrekin district of the county. It held a race meeting on Tuesday 13th March 1838 which was staged on a 4 mile course on the edge of the village, attended by upwards of 5000 people. The start was at Burcot, after which the runners traversed eight ploughed fields, crossed two awkward lanes and some good galloping ground, proceeded in a straight line towards Uckington, with the winning flag on the London Road at Norton. The winner was Mr Vernon’s bay gelding Tushingham who got the better of Tarporley close home. There are no records of further meetings taking place in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Sir Rowland Hill, Mr E W Smythe-Owen (Stewards)

Principal Races  Burcot Sweepstake

Tuesday 13th March 1838
Burcot Sweepstake over 4 miles
1. Tushingham, bay gelding owned by Mr Vernon
2. Tarporley, chestnut gelding owned by Mr S Denston
3. Rat-Tail, bay gelding owned by Mr Sparling
4. Forton George, bay gelding owned by Mr T Stanley

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 13th March 1838.
Course today A 4 mile course between Burcot and Norton.
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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