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Earliest meeting: August 1865
Final meeting: Monday 29th October 1866
The North Tyneside village of Camperdown adjoins Burradon and is located 5 miles north of Newcastle. Back in the middle of the 19th century it held its own series of steeplechases, starting in August 1865. The course was situated in fields near the pit row owned by farmer Mr Edward Smith, and was ideally located just two miles from railway stations at both Seghill and Killingworth. The meeting on Monday 29th October 1866 started with a Hunters Stakes over a mile, complete with hurdles, and was won by Mr Dale’s Rebecca, beating his other horse Yellow Jack into second place. The feature Hunters Plate followed and after a good tussle was won by Mr Stephenson’s Tallio. Meetings did follow after this date but were minor affairs, always involving pony races.

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

Mr Hunter (Clerk of the course), Mr Edward Smith (Course owner)

Principal Races Camperdown Hunters Plate, Camperdown Hunters Stakes 

Monday 29th October 1866
Camperdown Hunters Plate over one mile
1. Tallio, bay gelding owned by Mr Stephenson
2. Charley, grey horse owned by Mr Blackburn
3. Yellow Jack, chestnut horse owned by Mr Dale

The final meeting took place on Monday 29th October 1866.
Course today A one mile course with hurdles on Mr Edward Smith’s farm.
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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