FAIRFIELD (Derbyshire) RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 2nd September 1777
Final meeting: Friday 29th September 1786
Today Fairfield is an urban area within the Derbyshire town of Buxton, located about half a mile north east of the town centre and situated near an area of open grassland. However, in the late 18th century it was a small village in its own right, with a large village green at its centre. It was on this village green that ‘an excellent round course was formed where horse races took place’. The earliest record of a race meeting in the village was a three day meeting from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th September 1777, and such was the popularity of the races that they were staged annually for the next 9 years. Detailed results from the meetings are sparse, but on Tuesday 22nd August 1780 a 10 Guineas Sweepstake took place, contested by a field of six, with Mr Bott’s bay mare victorious. The final two day card was held on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September 1786.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Bott, Mr Fox
Principal Races Fairfield 10 Guineas Sweepstake

Tuesday 22nd August 1780
Fairfield 10 Guineas Sweepstake
1. Unnamed bay mare owned by Mr Bott
2. Unnamed grey mare owned by Mr Fox

The final meeting took place on Friday 29th September 1786.
Course today On a round course in the centre of the village.
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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