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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 3rd July 1839
Final meeting: Wednesday 9th June 1841
The tiny Norfolk village of Litcham is situated 10 kilometres north east of Swaffham and 40 kilometres from the county town of Norwich. Despite being only a small village it did hold its own series of race meetings, beginning on Wednesday 3rd July 1839 when the principal event was the Litcham Silver Cup. The course was in fields on the outskirts of the village, complete with grandstand. Although a Match was held on Wednesday 20th May 1840 when Mr Carter’s bay horse got the better of Mr Palmer’s brown mare, the second full meeting was staged on Wednesday 3rd June 1840 when the Silver Cup was won by Mr T Raven’s Fox-Hunter. A final meeting took place on Wednesday 9th June 1841 enjoyed by a ‘fashionable assemblage of principal families in the neighbourhood’ and a crowded stand.  The opening Hunters Stakes went to Mr B Land’s Changling, while the Litcham Stakes was won by Mount Eagle, who beat Day Star and Sadek. After racing an Ordinary was held at the Bull Hotel.

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

Mr D Lynes, Mr B Francis, Mr T Raven & Mr S King (Stewards)

Principal Races Litcham Silver Cup, Litcham Stakes, Hunters Stakes

Wednesday 9th June 1841
Litcham Silver Cup
1. Sadek, chestnut horse owned by Mr B Branford
2. Pet, bay horse owned by Mr Jolley
3. Luther, bay gelding owned by Mr H Woodcock

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 9th June 1841.
Course today In fields complete with grandstand on the outskirts 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

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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