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Earliest meeting: Monday 9th June 1783
Final meeting: August 1784
The Shropshire market town of Cleobury Mortimer once held its own race meetings in the latter part of the 18th century. It is one of the smallest market towns in the county and was granted its market charter as early as 1253. The course was situated at Holifast near to the town and first staged a 2 day meeting on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th June 1783. Entries were made at The Eagle or the King’s Arms and an Ordinary was served at both establishments after racing. The Shrewsbury Chronicle reported a one day meeting taking place at Holifast in August 1784.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Principal Races Gentlemen’s Subscription Purse, Cleobury Give and Take
The Shrewsbury Chronicle reported a one day meeting taking place at Holifast in August 1784.
Course today At Holifast in August 1784
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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