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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 30th March 1842
Final meeting: Thursday 17th April 1845
The North Yorkshire stately home of Castle Howard, some 15 miles north of York, is a private residence and has been the home of the Howard family for over 300 years. Although Castle Howard is not a true castle, it is a country house built on the site of a former military castle. The building of Castle Howard began in 1699 and was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, although it took more than 100 years to complete. The house is built in a large estate covering over 13 thousand acres. In 1845 the estate was served by its own railway station and about this time steeplechases were run on the estate on a 2 mile course located just half a mile from the House. The first meeting was organised by Mr Coulson, the owner of the Castle Howard Inn, and was staged on Wednesday 30th March 1842. The feature race was the Castle Howard Sweepstakes over 4 miles with 11 runners. It was won by Sir Anthony, owned by Mr R Rowley and ridden by his son. Racing continued for the next 3 years with meetings  in 1843 and on Tuesday 12th March 1844, followed by a final meeting on Thursday 17thApril 1845.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Coulson, Mr R Rowley
Principal Races Castle Howard Silver Cup, Castle Howard Sweepstake, Tally-Ho Stakes

The ‘County History of Yorkshire’ records that in the years just after 1839 ‘there was chasing now and again at Leeds, York, Tadcaster and Castle Howard’. The article shown below is from The Era and gives the results from Castle Howard Steeplechases held on Monday 20th March 1843, and is provided courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive Online.

Wednesday 30th March 1842
Castle Howard Sweepstakes over 4 miles
1. Sir Anthony, chestnut gelding owned by Mr R Rowley
2. Napoleon-le-Grand, bay gelding owned by Mr J Robson
3. Aggriever, brown gelding owned by Mr Johnson
Betting: 3/1 Napoleon-le-Grand, 4/1 Muslin, 9/2 Sharp Gelding, 5/1 Sir Anthony, 6/1 Bar

A meeting took place on Tuesday 12th March 1844, with a final meeting taking place on 17th April 1845.
Course today In the grounds of Castle Howard just half a mile from the House.
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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