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Earliest meeting: Friday 17th March 1865
Final meeting: Friday 17th March 1865
Knaith is a small Lincolnshire village 3 miles south of Gainsborough. It enjoys an entry in the Domesday Book, proudly claiming 3 households, 25 acres of meadow and 26 acres of woodland. It also boasts Knaith Hall, a Grade II listed 15th century building. In the middle of the 19th century the village held a steeplechase meeting on Friday 17th March 1865 on a course admirably suited to chasing just a short distance from Lea station. The feature race was the Knaith open chase for the Prince of Wales Cup, and after a hectic struggle Mr Glover’s Malton claimed victory in the hands of Brocklesby. There are no further records of chasing taking place in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Major Scott, Mr G Wright and Mr T Purvis (Stewards)
Principal Races Knaith Open Steeplechase for Prince of Wales Cup

Friday 17th March 1865
Knaith Open Steeplechase
1. Malton, aged horse owned by Mr Glover and ridden by Brocklesby
2. Slasher, aged horse owned by Mr Hewitt and ridden by Godson
3. Pride, aged horse owned by Mr Waller and ridden by Brooks

The final meeting took place on Friday 17th March 1865.
Course today On admirably suitable chasing ground near to Lea station.
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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