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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 28th January 1840
Final meeting: Tuesday 28th January 1840
The Norfolk parish of Long Stratton lies in the South of the county and consists of two villages, namely Stratton St Mary and Stratton St Michael. The villages were strategically placed on the Roman Road, known as Pye Road, linking Norwich with Diss. Because of their prominent position the villages were able to hold their own race meeting on Tuesday 28th January 1840. The course, designed by Mr M Beverley, started behind the Swan Inn and extended straight to Fawncett before returning to a winning post at the Swan Inn. The opening Cup race was won by Mr J Brown’s Corringham, while two additional races completed the card. There is no evidence of future meetings in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr M Beverely, Honourable B Wodehouse
Principal Races Long Stratton Cup, Long Stratton Hurdle

Tuesday 28th January 1840
Long Stratton Hurdle
1. Bertha Sapey, bay mare owned by Mr Turner
2. The Pet, bay horse owned by the Honourable B Wodehouse
3. Industry, brown mare owned by Mr Goldsmith

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 28th January 1840.

Course today Started at the rear of the Swan Inn and went straight to Fawncett before turning back to the Swan.
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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