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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 7th April 1841
Final meeting: Tuesday 21st March 1865
Racing first took place in the North Yorkshire village of Hurworth on Thursday 6th April 1843 on a 3 mile course on the outskirts of Dinsdale Spa. Entries were made at the Dinsdale Spa Hotel, where an Ordinary was served after racing. The meeting was organised by the Hurworth Hunt who were established in 1775 by Mr Turner, before being taken over in 1803 by the Wilkinson brothers who lived in Neasham Abbe. Lower Dinsdale Manor was acquired by another racing enthusiast, John Lambto, in 1770 and by 1829 John Lambton had become 1st Earl of Durham and built the Dinsdale Spa Hotel on his estate. Further meetings took place in 1842, on Thursday 6th April 1843 and on Tuesday 10th April 1844. Although the meeting then lapsed for a number of years, there was a revival meeting on Tuesday 21st March 1865.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Hurworth Hunt,  John Lambton, Mr Powlett
Principal Races Hurworth Hunt Steeplechase, Hurworth Silver Cup, Dinsdale Stakes

Thursday 6th April 1843

Dinsdale Stakes over a mile
1. Bobadil owned by Mr Powlett
2. Wee Willie
3. Chivalry
4. No Surrender

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 21st March 1865.
Course today A three mile course on the edge of Dinsdale Spa.
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

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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