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Earliest meeting: Thursday 29th August 1672
Final meeting: Thursday 31st August 1710
The Northamptonshire town of Irthlingborough is on the River Nene and in the 8th century was known as Yrtlingaburg, while in the Domesday Book it was called Erdiburn. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century it is known to have staged a number of race meetings on Irthlingborough Meadow, notably on Thursday 29th August 1672 when a Silver Cup was contested and won by a horse owned by Mr Washbourne. Meetings continued infrequently for almost 40 years with the final recorded meeting taking place on Thursday 31st August 1710 when the Irthlingborough Plate was won by a horse by Rane from a French horse called Courser.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Washbourne, Mr Olibar
Principal Races Irthlingborough Silver Cup, Irthlingborough Plate

31st August 1710

Irthlingborough Plate (run on Irthlingborough Meadow)
1. unnamed horse by Rane
2. Courser, a French horse
3. unnamed mare owned by Mr Olibar
4. unnamed strawberry mare owned by Mr Washbourne which was distanced

The final recorded meeting took place on Thursday 31st August 1710.

Course today On Irthlingborough Moor.
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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