BUXTON RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 1st August 1820
Final meeting: Thursday 18th June 1840
The Derbyshire spa town of Buxton lays claim to having the highest elevation of any market town in England; bordering Cheshire and Staffordshire, it is known as ‘the gateway to the Peak District’. The first meeting to be recorded in the town was held on Buxton Common on Tuesday 1st August 1820 when the Buxton Silver Cup was won by Mr Rushton’s Fanny My Dear. The next year a two day meeting was staged on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July 1821, although it was not until 1827 that the results started to be included in Baily's Racing Register. At that July 1821 meeting the Duke of Devonshire generously sponsored the principal race which was won by Mr Denham’s The Abbot. The achievements of the Cavalry were also marked by the North High Peak Yeomanry Cavalry Cup which went to Mr Lingard’s Kitty of the Clyde. On the second day the Buxton Sweepstake saw Sir T Stanley’s Cedric defeat The Abbot and Truth. The Duke and his home of Chatsworth always held prominent positions on the racecard. On Wednesday 23rd June 1824 the Chatsworth Stakes was won by Mr Beardsworth’s Birmingham, while on Wednesday 11th June 1828 the Duke sponsored the Buxton Gold Cup which was captured by Lord Grosvenor with Mavrocordato. By the late 1830s the races were not filling and one newspaper commented ‘the card was not likely to keep company together even if the weather was tolerable’ and high on the peaks it was often not tolerable. The final two day meeting took place on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June 1840 when the last Gold Cup went to Mr Copeland’s King Cole.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Devonshire, Sir T Stanley, Lord Anson, Lord Grosvenor, Lord Fitzwilliam
Principal Races Buxton Gold Cup, Chatsworth Stakes, North High Peak Yeomanry Cavalry Cup

Wednesday 25th July 1821

Buxton 50 Guineas, sponsored by His Grace, The Duke of Devonshire over 2 miles
1. The Abbot, a chestnut colt owned by Mr Denham
2. Charlotte, a bay mare owned by Mr Ardern
3. Amelia, a bay filly owned by Lord Fitzwilliam
4. Primrose, a bay filly owned by Mr Frost
5. Fair Ellen, a bay mare owned by Mr Hall

The North High Peak Yeomanry Cavalry Cup
1. Kitty of the Clyde owned by Mr Lingard
Three others ran

Thursday 26th July 1821

Buxton Sweepstakes over 2 miles
1. Cedric, a chestnut colt owned by Sir T Stanley
2. The Abbot, a chestnut colt owned by Mr Denham
3. Truth, a bay horse owned by Sir G Sitwell

Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th June 1824

Chatsworth Stakes over 2 miles
1. Birmingham owned by Mr Beardsworth
2. The Agent owned by Mr Houldsworth
3. Ostrich owned by Mr Mytton

Fifty Pound Sweepstake over 2 miles 1 furlong sponsored by the Duke of Devonshire
1. Unnamed filly by Filho da Puta owned by Mr Houldsworth
2. Milo owned by Sir T Stanley
3. Unnamed colt by Filho da Puta owned by Mr Gisborne

Wednesday 11th to Thursday 12th June 1828

Buxton Gold Cup over 2 miles and a distance sponsored by Duke of Devonshire
1. Mavrocordato owned by Lord Grosvenor
2. Euxton owned by Mr White
3. Miller of Mansfield owned by Mr Gleave

The Chatsworth Stakes over 2 miles
1. Miller of Mansfield owned by Mr Gleave
2. Hesperus owned by Mr O.Gore

James Whyte’s History of the British Turf records the June 1839 races as:-
Duke of Devonshire Gold Cup;
Buxton Town Plate twice around the one mile course;

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Thursday 18th June 1840.
Course today On Buxton Common.
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:-

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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