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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 3rd August 1814
Final meeting: August 1834
The earliest record of a meeting at the Scottish border town of Coldstream, near Berwick on Tweed, was on Wednesday 3rd August 1814 when a 2 race card saw Spitfire win the Hunting Saddle for Mr Crammond at the main expense of Mr McDougal and Mr A Young. However, in the feature Silver Cup Mr Crammond, from Norham, had to settle for second place behind a mare owned by Mr McDougal from Birgham, while Mr A Young’s Arabian horse and Mr Dickson’s mare completed the field in third and fourth places. Although races continued intermittently for the next 20 years, the final record of a meeting was in August 1834 when races were administered by the Galewood Hounds.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Major St Paul, Mr McDougal, Mr Crammond
Principal Races Coldstream Silver Cup, Coldstream Hunting Sadle

Wednesday 3rd August 1814

Coldstream Silver Cup
1. Unnamed mare owned by Mr McDougal from Birgham
2. Unnamed chestnut owned by Mr Crammond from Norham
3. Unnamed horse owned by Mr A Young from Gordon

Coldstream Hunting Sadle
1. Spitfire owned by Mr Crammond
2. Unnamed horse owned by Mr McDougal
3. Unnamed horse owned by Mr A Young

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

The final meeting took place in August 1834.
Course today Across fair hunting ground between Coldstream and Cornhill.
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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