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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 13th July 1774
Final meeting: Thursday 26th October 1899
There is evidence that racing took place at the Cumbrian town of Penrith as early as Wednesday 13th July 1774 with a 3 day meeting on a course situated on the north side of the town, close to the Salkeld Road, where punters were able to look down on the town as they enjoyed their racing. The meeting opened with a 4 year old Plate which was won by Caledonian, owned by Mr Kaye, who got the better of Mr Best’s Mary Davy. Meetings were billed as Inglewood and Pentrith and on Wednesday 6th October 1824 the feature race was the Inglewood Hunt Sweepstakes which went to Mr T Hudson’s Competitor gelding beating Sir P Musgrave’s Classic. Racing continued on a very regular basis for over 100 years until a final meeting in the area on Thursday 26th October 1899.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Hon C Howard, Sir P Musgrave
Principal Races Inglewood Hunt Sweepstakes, Penrith Town Plate

Thursday 14th July 1774
Penrith Weight for Age Plate over 4 miles
1. Buff, brown horse owned by Hon. C Howard
2. Vidonia, 5 year old chestnut mare owned by Mr Meeke

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

The final meeting took place on Thursday 26th October 1899.
Course today Today the land is used by the Penrith Golf Club, with the Clubhouse being the former Grandstand of the old racecourse.
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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