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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 11th March 1852
Final meeting: Thursday 10th March 1853
The Lancashire market town of Kirkham lies about 11 miles west of Preston and about the same distance from the seaside town of Blackpool. It was the site of a Roman fortress built on Carr Hill and was originally known as Kirkham-in-Amounderness. It was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book when known as Chicheham. In the middle of the 19th century the town held its own race meetings, initially on Wednesday 11th February 1852 when the Innkeeper’s Handicap was won by Captain Peyton’s Clatterbox beating Heroine. The feature race was the Fylde Grand Handicap which fell to Carrig, while the concluding Selling Stakes was won by Mr Noblet’s Saltpetre. A second meeting took place the next year on Thursday 10th March 1853 when the Fylde Grand Handicap was won by Mr Balfe’s bay mare Daphne. Point-to-point races were still being staged at Thornley, near Preston, by the Kirkham Hunt in the 20th century, including a meeting on Friday 6th April 1900.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Peyton, Mr Noblet
Principal Races Fylde Grand Handicap, Innkeepers Handicap, Selling Stakes

Wednesday 11th February 1852
Fylde Grand Handicap
1. Carrig, aged horse owned by Mr Bourke
2. Vengeance, aged horse owned by Mr Balfe
3. Isaac, aged horse owned by Mr Noblet

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 10th March 1853.

Course today At Thornley on the outskirts of Kirkham.
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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