KINGTON RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Thursday 28th July 1825
Final meeting: Monday 15th May 1876
The Herefordshire market town of Kington lies on the border with Wales on the western side of Offa’s Dyke. It is on the River Arrow, some 19 miles north west of Hereford, which until recently had its own racecourse. Kington also held its own races on its Hergest Ridge course, with the first record of a meeting on Thursday 28th July 1825, although early meetings were deemed to be too insignificant to be reported widely. The Worcester Herald included results from the meeting on Thursday 9th July 1829 when the £50 Plate was won by Master Henry for Mr Onion, while the Sweepstake went to Forester for Mr Fuller. Nationwide coverage followed in 1839 when the meeting on Thursday 17th October was included in Baily's Racing Register for the first time, with the Farmers Stakes going to Mr Wadlow’s Woodbine, and the Kington Plate captured by Catherina.  Further meetings took place on 9th August 1842 and Monday 28th August 1843, after which racing lapsed until a revival meeting on Thursday 24th August 1852.  The final card was organised on Monday 15th May 1876.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Rt Hon Frankland Lewis (Steward), Mr Barrow, Mr Wadlow, Mr Hughes
Principal Races

Kington Sweepstake, Kington Farmers Stakes, Kington Plate

Thursday 17th October 1839

Kington Plate over 2 miles and the distance
1. Catherina owned by Mr Barrow
2. Woodbine owned by Mr Wadlow
3. Mary Wood owned by Mr Hughes

Kington Farmers Stakes over a mile and the distance
1. Woodbine owned by Mr Wadlow

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

The final meeting took place on Monday 15th May 1876.

Course today On Hergest Ridge.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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