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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 24th June 1752
Final meeting: Wednesday 5th October 1836
The Cumbrian market town of Egremont in the Borough of Copeland lies 8 kilometres south of Whitehaven on the River Ehen. Today it is much more famous for holding the World Gurning Championships, but back in the mid-1700s it held its own race meetings.  A meeting took place on Wednesday 24th June 1752 on the St Bees Moor course which included a Subscription Fifty Pounds Purse. However, details of the result of the race were not given in the Racing Calendar of that year. By 1753 another meeting took place on Tuesday 26th June 1753 when the £50 Purse went to Smiling Molly. The next record of a meeting was organised by the mayor, Henry Coupland, on Tuesday 20th May 1777. Meetings were still being staged on St Bees Moor in 1811 when a 2 day meeting took place on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July, with entries being made at the King’s Arms. The final report of a two day meeting was on the Black Ling course on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October 1836.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Murray, Mr Pearson
Principal Races Egremont Purse

Tuesday 26th June 1753

Tuesday 26th June 1753 Egremont Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Smiling Molly owned by Mr Pearson
2. Favourite owned by Mr Murray

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 5th October 1836.
Course today In fields on the edge of the town.
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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