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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 13th September 1842
Final meeting: Wednesday 22nd September 1880
The Devon town of Crediton, on the River Creedy, is located on the main Exeter to Barnstaple road some 7 miles north west of Exeter. Saint Boniface was born there in about 672 and later went on to become the patron saint of Germany. Despite being close to Exeter the town organised races for the first time on Tuesday 13th September 1842 when staged at the Hollacombe estate owned by Mr Tremlett. The course spread between Hollacombe, Westwood and Chapel Downs Farm. The 2 day meeting was brought to a close with a splendid meal provided by Messrs Killis and Brown. Meetings continued to be held under rules until Wednesday 22nd September 1880, although racing did continue in the early part of the 20th century when annual meetings took place outside the rules of racing.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.

Local Patrons Mr Tremlett, Captain Kingscote
Principal Races Crediton Sweepstake, Credition Saddle & Bridle
Tuesday 13th September 1842
Crediton Sweepstakes
1. Creeping Jenny, aged horse owned by Mr Pearse
2. Commissioner Linn, aged horse owned by Mr Read
3. Clarissa, bay horse owned by Mr Applin

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd September 1880.

Course today At Hollacombe Estate owned by Mr Tremlett.
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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