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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 21st September 1802
Final meeting: Wednesday 22nd September 1819
The village of Kingscote in Gloucestershire lies some 4 miles west of Tetbury and first held races in 1802. Kingscote Manor, within Kingscote Park, was the Kingscote’s family home for over 800 years and the setting for race meetings for almost 20 years. The inaugural 4 day meeting stretched from Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th September 1802 and opened with the 50 Guineas Purse won by Colonel Kingscote’s Chuckle. The feature race each year was the Gold Cup which was won in 1803 by Apollo, owned by Mr Douglas, and he captured the Cup again in 1806 when Timekeeper defeated Tancred. Each year there was an Ordinary served for Kingscote Club members and a Ball held at the Hunter’s Hall. Races continued annually until a final meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd September 1819.

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

Lord C Somerset, Colonel Kingscote, Colonel Harvey, Sir H Lippincott, Major R.Pigot

Principal Races Kingscote Gold Cup, Kingscote Stakes, Welter Stakes

Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd September 1803

Kingscote Sweepstakes over 2 miles
1. Gary Owen owned by Major R.Pigot
2. Julia owned by Mr Ladbroke

Kingscote Welter Stakes over 2 miles
1. Apollo owned by Mr Douglas

Kingscote Gold Cup over 3 miles
1. Apollo owned by Mr Douglas
2. Pantomime owned by Mr Scrope
3. Tango owned by Colonel Kingscote

Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th September 1805

The Welter Stakes over 2 miles
1. Misfortune owned by Mr E Cripps
2. Delegate owned by Sir H Lippincott
3. Gamboy owned by Lord C Somerset

The Kingscote Stakes over 3 miles
1. Mirror owned by Sir H Lippincott
2. Herschell owned by Mr Glover
3. La Mancha owned by Captain Kingscote
4. Cinderella owned by Colonel Harvey

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

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd September 1819.
Course today On Kingscote 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

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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