CHIPPING CAMPDEN RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Friday 21st July 1730
Final meeting: Friday 1st November 1850
The small, busy market town of Chipping Campden is in Gloucestershire, situated in a beautiful part of the Cotswolds. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, and later became a significant wool trading centre. Chipping meant ‘market place’ in Old English and a magnificent reminder of its past is the Market Hall in the centre of the town. Baily’s Racing Register first provided detailed results from the meeting held on Friday 21st July 1730 when Lady Thigh got the better of Gander. There was certainly sufficient wealth around to sustain a race meeting in this place, with Woolstaplers Hall, Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate all in the vicinity of the town. Four years later a two day meeting was staged on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October 1734. On the Saturday the feature 15 Guineas Purse was won by the Duke of Ancaster’s Crab, while on day two the 30 Guineas Purse saw Surly Slouch beat Foxhunter. Meetings were intermittent for the next century, with the races of little significance. The last meeting took place on Friday 1st November 1850.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Ancaster, Mr Cole, Mr Bertie
Principal Races Cambden 40 Guineas Plate

Friday 21st July 1730

Cambden 40 Guineas Plate
1. Lady Thigh owned by Mr Bertie
2. Gander owned by Mr Woodman

Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd October 1734

Chipping Campden 15 Guineas Purse
1. Crab owned by The Duke of Ancaster
2. Morat owned by Mr Cragg

Chipping Campden 30 Guineas Purse
1. Surly Slouch owned by Mr Try
2. Foxhunter owned by Mr Cole

Chipping Campden races held their last meeting on Friday 1st November 1850.

Course today In fields on the edge of the town surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside.
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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