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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 19th October 1790
Final meeting: Friday 15th September 1837
Faversham is a market town in the Swale district of Kent, situated 10 miles from Canterbury. It is ideally located close to the old Roman Road of Watling Street, and was a favourite of King Stephen who established Faversham Abbey in 1148. The town first organised race meetings on Tuesday 19th October 1790, although the Racing Calendar recorded the meeting as ‘Feversham’.  Entries were made at The Saddlery and after racing an Ordinary took place at The Inns. Races were staged annually and celebrations lasted into the night. The meeting on Tuesday 18th September 1792 enjoyed a massive attendance with a Public Ball at the Mansion Room in the evening. The race committee were always seeking ways to keep the events fresh, and at the meeting on Wednesday 8th September 1819 the Town Purse was won by Mr Garner’s Ceres, beating Robina and Belleropha, but after racing there was a boxing match between Lovell of Chatham and Gattee of London, with victory going to the former. Five years later a meeting was staged on Monday 20th September 1824 when both Sweepstakes over 2 miles were won by Mr Braithwaite’s My Aunt, defeating Fortune Teller in the first and Remnant in the second. A busy card took place on Wednesday 14th September 1836 when the Faversham Sweepstake was won by Mr H Stracey’s Bodice, while the 5 Sovereign Race went to Protempore in front of Robinet and Egremont. The final meeting was staged at the Macknade course on Friday 15th September 1837 when the Town Sweepstakes was won by Mr Carter’s Pumpkin beating Jim Crow and Nelson.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Sondes, Captain Lock
Principal Races Faversham Hunters Stakes, Faversham Sweepstake

Monday 20th September 1824

Faversham Sweepstake I over 2 miles
1. My Aunt owned by Mr Braithwaite
2. Fortune Teller owned by Mr Whyte
3. Remnant owned by Mr Lushington

Faversham Sweepstake II over 2 miles
1. My Aunt owned by Mr Braithwaite
2. Remnant owned by Mr Lushington
3. Sprite owned by Captain Lock

Wednesday 14th September 1836

Faversham Sweepstakes
1. Bodice owned by Mr H Stracey
2. Egremont owned by Mr Hawkins
3. Grey Dwarf owned by Mr Damant

Faversham 5 Sovereign Sweepstakes
1. Protempore owned by Mr W Howard
2. Robinet owned by Mr Wickham
3. Egremont owned by Mr Hawkins

Faversham Hunters Stakes over 2 miles
1. Yeoman owned by Lord Sondes
2. Kite owned by Mr G C Morgan
3. Cordelia owned by Mr D Pomfret

The penultimate meeting took place on Wednesday 14th September 1836 and race details for the meeting are shown above.

The final meeting was held on Friday 15th September 1837.

Course today At Macknade just outside Faversham.
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:-

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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