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Earliest meeting: Friday 20th March 1846
Final meeting: Friday 17th March 1848
The North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough lies on the River Nidd just 4 miles east of Harrogate. It was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book when known as Chenaresburg. Knaresborough Castle is a famous landmark which dates back to circa 1100, and around this time the first Lord of Knaresborough was held by Serlo de Burgh. The town held its own steeplechase meetings, the first of which took place on Friday 20th March 1846. The course of just over a mile was situated near Boroughbridge High Road and contained 32 fences, many of them ‘regular raspers’. The next year the meeting was staged on the same course on Friday 26th March 1847 when the opening Sweepstakes was won by Mr Atkinson’s Silkworm who beat Salt Fish. The concluding £25 Conditional Race saw Ariel beat Cherry Brandy and Cottage Girl. The final meeting took place at Scriven, a small village in the vicinity of Knaresborough, when the opening race saw a field of seven headed by Mr Mewburn’s Clementina. The final race was won by Mr Waddington’s Fortunate Lass..

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

Sir Charles Slingsby, Mr Alexander Brown, Mr Samuel James Brown (Stewards)

Principal Races Knaresborough Steeplechase, Knaresborough Sweepstakes

Friday 26th March 1847
Knaresborough Sweepstakes over 3 miles
1. Rattler, bay horse owned by Mr Dawson
2. Gipsy Queen, black mare owned by Mr Mason
3. Jerry, bay horse owned by Mr Hornsey
Betting: 2/1 Rattler, 3/1 Jerry, 4/1 Gipsy Queen

The final recorded meeting took place on Friday 17th March 1848.

Course today A one mile course with 32 fences at Boroughbridge High Road.
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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