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Earliest meeting: Monday 8th August 1836
Final meeting: Monday 13th August 1866
The Staffordshire village of Gnosall lies in the borough of Stafford and marks the mid-point of the journey between Newport (Shropshire) and Stafford. The village, together with the smaller villages and hamlets of Woodseaves, Knightley, Cowley, Ranton, Church Eaton, Bromstead Heath, Moreton and Haughton, form the civil parish. It is known that the village held its own series of race meetings during the mid-1800s, the first of which took place on Monday 8th August 1836 when the Town Plate was won by Gazelle for Mr James Belcher, and the Subscription Purse by Clear All, while the later Farmers’ Plate went to Mr M Belcher’s Shall I Come Time Enough. The ‘County History of Staffordshire’, recorded that the village of Gnosall staged racing from 1836 to at least 1865, with results broadcast in the Staffordshire Advertiser. The final meeting actually took place on Monday 13th August 1866 and opened with the Gnosall Hurdle which fell to Mr William Gosnell’s Lord Clifton. After the Tradesmen’s Hurdle had been secured by Mr Cromby’s Lizzy, an Ordinary was served at the Horns Inn. Although race meetings continued to be organised in the village, often in conjunction with Wakes week celebrations, the races were predominantly for galloways and ponies.

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

Mr William Gosnell, Mr James Belcher

Principal Races Gnosall Town Plate, Gnosall Hurdle, Tradesmen’s Plate

The ‘County History of Staffordshire, records that Gnosall staged racing from 1836 to at least 1865, with results broadcast in the Staffordshire Advertiser.

Monday 8th August 1836
Gnosall Town Plate
1. Gazelle, brown mare owned by Mr James Belcher
2. Kitty, chestnut mare owned by Mr Machin
3. Gipsy, brown mare owned by Mr Higgins

The final meeting took place on Monday 13th August 1866.

Course today In fields owned by Mr William Gosnell on the edge of the village.
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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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