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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 6th November 1849
Final meeting: Wednesday 6th December 1865
The Cheshire town of Crewe is a railway town through and through. Although Crewe, when known as Creu, was mentioned in the Domesday Book, it was not until the 1840s that Crewe began to be an important railway colony which was planned by Joseph Locke. The railway junction opened in Crewe in 1837 but was 12 years later that the town held its first meeting on Tuesday 6th November 1849 when the planned feature race, the Edleston Chase, did not fill and a Free Handicap was run instead. A more successful meeting followed on Thursday 14th November 1850 when Volatile defeated Chandler in the Crewe Grand Steeplechase. Meetings continued for 3 more years before racing lapsed, but returned on 22nd November 1864. The course was 2 miles from the railway station on good ground with fair fences. The final meeting was staged on Wednesday 6th December 1865 when the opening Manor House Hunters Chase saw Bunbury defeat Getaway.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Starkie & Dr Taylor (Stewards)
Principal Races Crewe Grand Steeplechase, Manor House Hunters Chase

Wednesday 6th December 1865
Crewe Free Handicap Chase over 4 miles
1. Glasgow, 4 year old owned by Mr A J Clayton
2. Vandyke, 5 year old owned by Mr Wardle
3. Jack, aged horse owned by Mr Smith

The only recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 6th December 1865.

Course today Two miles from the railway station on flat ground with fair fences.
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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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