GATESHEAD RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Friday 11th November 1785
Final meeting: Friday 11th November 1785
The large Tyne and Wear town of Gateshead was in the county of Durham in the latter part of the 18th century. It lies on the south bank of the River Tyne, on the opposite side to the city of Newcastle, and held its own race meeting on Friday 11th November 1785. The meeting took place in Ravensworth Park which is now covered by large housing developments. The Sweepstakes, for real hunters which had never started a match, was won by Captain Price’s Grenadier. Almost a century later the Gateshead Hunt held a race meeting in the vicinity of the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Captain Price, Sir James Baird, Sir H Liddell

Principal Races Gateshead Sweepstakes

Friday 11th November 1785
Gateshead Sweepstakes
1. Grenadier, brown horse owned by Captain Price
2. Jennet, bay mare owned by Sir James Baird
3. Better-luck-Still, grey mare owned by Sir H Liddell
4. Tiptoe, bay horse owned by Mr Lorraine

The final meeting took place on Friday 11th November 1785.
Course today On Ravensworth Park.
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

Copies of the above books are only available by emailing johnwslusar@gmail.com stating your requirements, method of payment (cheque payable to W.Slusar) or Bank transfer, and the address where the book(s) should be sent.
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