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Earliest meeting: Monday 6th September 1824
Final meeting: Tuesday 7th September 1875
The small Staffordshire market town of Cheadle is located 11 miles from the city of Stoke and can trace its history back to Anglo-Saxon times. Just a mile from the town is the pleasure park of Alton Towers, but in the middle of the 19th century it was horse racing which provided the locals with their entertainment. The ‘County History of Staffordshire’ recorded that a meeting was held at Cheadle, on the Park Course, on Monday 6th September 1824 when Mr Coates’s Leaf beat Macrory to claim the Purse. Furthermore, James Whyte’s History of the British Turf noted that racing took place at Cheadle in 1838 when a one day meeting was staged in early September, ‘consisting of inferior racing.’ The course was an oblong with perimeter just over 6 furlongs and a straight run in of barely 2 furlongs. By 1839 the meeting was deemed sufficiently important to be included in Baily's Racing Register. Races continued annually and a 2 day meeting took place on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th September 1861, opening with the Moorland Rifle Stakes which went to Mr Wright’s Twinkle. The Manor Stakes was won by Mr Coburn’s North Lancashire, and on the second day the Innkeeper’s Purse fell to Flotilla owned by Mr Price. Meetings continued for the next 14 years, although they were not included in the Racing Calendar, until the final two day meeting was staged in 1875. On Monday 6th September the races were held in fields owned by Mr Plant, while on Tuesday 7th September the races reverted to the Highfield Road course, 1 ½ miles from the town centre, when the Moorland Stakes was won by Jerry-go-Nimble from Champagne Charlie.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Phillips. Mr Fowler, Mr Godwin, Mr Daus, Mr Woodhouse
Principal Races Moorland Stakes, Innkeepers' Purse, Cheadle Free Handicap, Cheadle Hurdle Stakes

Monday 9th to Tuesday 10th September 1839

The Moorland Stakes over 2 ¼ miles
1. Taffy owned by Mr Phillips
2. Exorable owned by Mr Bradley
3. Viola owned by Mr Wascoe

The Cheadle Innkeepers’ Purse over 1 ½ miles
1. Lepidus owned by Mr Fowler
2. Rosetta owned by Mr W.Parker
3. Miss Ferguson owned by Mr W.Doncaster

The Cheadle Hurdle Race over 4 hurdles and 1 ½ miles
1. Duenna owned by Mr Godwin

Tuesday 5th to Wednesday 6th September 1843

The Moorland Stakes over 3 miles
1. Unnamed filly by Colwick owned by Mr Woodhouse
2. Fickle owned by Mr Daus
3. Water Lily owned by Mr Cook

The Cheadle Hurdle Stakes over 2 miles and 4 hurdles
1. Kate Kearney owned by Mr Taylor

The Cheadle Free Handicap over 2 miles
1. Fickle owned by Mr Daus
2. Water Lily owned by Mr Cook

Monday 5th September 1864
Manor Stakes over 1 mile
1. Lapidary, 5 year old owned by Mr Cherrington
2. Palkley, 5 year old owned by Mr J Oakden
3. Rosebud, 3 year old owned by Mr R Young

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

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 7th September 1875.
Course today Although the last recorded meeting in the Racing Calendar took place in September 1861, the ‘County History’ stated that meetings were still taking place on the Park Ground until 1875.
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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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