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Earliest meeting: Thursday 11th July 1839
Final meeting: Friday 9th July 1841
Eye, derived from Island, is a small Suffolk market town with a glorious history standing on the River Dove. It can boast a church built prior to 1066 and an impressive Castle which was partially destroyed in a war of 1173. Although the Sporting Magazine of 1840 reported the first race meeting taking place in July 1840, the Norfolk Weekly News reported an earlier meeting having taking place on Thursday 11th July 1839. It is not surprising that meetings were irregular given that, at times, Eye was almost entirely surrounded by water, and the meeting only survived two more years. Entries for all meetings were made at the White Lion Inn, with the races held on Cranby Green. The final meeting, a two day affair, took place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July 1841.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Codrington, Mr Land, Mr Bircham, Mr Baker
Principal Races Eye Town Stakes, Hack Stakes, Hunters Stakes

Wednesday 8th July 1840

The Eye Town Stakes over 2 miles
1. Diana owned by Mr Bircham
2. Daniel owned by Mr Nurse

The Hack Stakes over 2 miles
1. Black Bess owned by Mr Baker

The Hunters Stakes over 2 miles
1. Foxhunter owned by Mr Land
2. Trim owned by Mr Syer
3. Kate Nickleby owned by Mr Goldspink

Thursday 8th July to Friday 9th 1841

The Eye Town Stakes over 2 miles
1. Aeolian owned by Mr T.Sayer
2. Daniel owned by Mr Hill
3. Day Star owned by Mr W.Coleman
4. Negative owned by Captain Codrington
5. Lumley owned by Mr H.Smith

The Eye Hunters Stakes over 2 miles and a distance
1. Martinet owned by Mr Brett
2. Romp owned by Mr Land

The final meeting was a two day meeting which took place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July 1841. The meeting was included in Baily's Racing Register and results are shown above.
Course today Cranby Green
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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