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Earliest meeting: Friday 4th November 1842
Final meeting: Friday 4th November 1842
The East Riding of Yorkshire village of Leven lies close to Beverley and some 7 miles west of Hornsea. The village is steeped in history and it is thought that there were Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements in the area. At one stage the Leven Canal, which ran through the village and opened in 1804 under the direction of the Lady of the Manor Charlotte Bethel, linked the village with Hull. In the middle of the 19th century the village held its own races on Friday 4th November 1842, although it could not compete with its near neighbour Beverley and this was the only recorded meeting. The sole race on the card was 100 Sovereigns a side Match over 2 miles of good hunting ground on the edge of the village between Mr Stead’s Tearaway and Mr Hebb’s Tom Boy. Despite being a strong favourite Tearaway jumped badly, refused at a number of fences and presented Tom Boy with an easy win.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Stead, Mr Hebb
Principal Races Leven 100 Sovereigns Match

Friday 4th November 1842
Leven 100 Sovereigns Match over 2 miles
1. Tom Boy, aged horse owned by Mr Hebb
2. Tearaway, aged horse owned by Mr Stead

The only recorded meeting took place on Friday 4th November 1842.

Course today Over 2 miles of good hunting ground on the edge of the village.
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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