LOWICK RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Monday 8th July 1861
Final meeting: Monday 10th July 1871
The small Northumbrian village of Lowick, on the River Low about 14 kilometres from Berwick upon Tweed, is an ancient village dating back before 1181 when it formed part of the pilgrimage route of monks on their way to Holy Island (Lindisfarne).  Back in the middle of the 19th century the village had its own racecourse on Lowick Moor which operated for 11 years as part of the Lowick Feast, with the first meeting held on Monday 8th July 1861. The single race of the meeting, the Lowick Plate, was won by Mr Fraser’s PB, while the remainder of the Feast consisted of Foot races, Pole Leaping and Wrestling.  Successive meetings were held each July, and the newspaper neatly summed up the atmosphere at the meeting on Monday 6th July 1863 when commenting ‘those who wish to see horse racing in its innocence should attend Lowick races, where a charming state of primitive enjoyment prevails’. The meeting was dominated by Mr Brodie’s Lothian’s King which won the Lowick Plate and the Welter Plate.  The final meeting took place on Monday 10th July 1871 when the crowd was well below previous years, but they witnessed some close finishes, particularly in the Hack Stakes when Eyes Front just got the better of Darien and Maid of Embleton.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Schouler (Promoter), Mr Robert Dand & Mr H Bell (Stewards)
Principal Races

Lowick Plate, Lowick Hunt Cup, Hack Stakes

Monday 10th July 1871
Lowick Hunt Cup over 1 ¼ miles
1. Eyes Front, 4 year old owned by Mr J Merriot
2. Darien, aged horse owned by Mr F Thorold
3. Spendthrift, 4 year old owned by Mr J Taylor

The final meeting took place on Monday 10th July 1871.
Course today On Lowick Moor just 6 miles from Beal 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 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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