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Earliest meeting: Friday 6th March 1857
Final meeting: Monday 14th March 1859
Market Weighton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is ideally placed between York and Hull, being about 20 miles from each. It was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book when known as Wicstun and is thought to have been the site of a Roman Camp called Delgovicia. The town also includes the Londesborough Arms which was an old 18th century coaching Inn. In the middle of the 19th century it made full use of its location to draw in the crowds to its inaugural race meeting on Friday 6th March 1857 on a course on the Selby High Road. The opening Market Weighton Stakes over 4 miles was won by Deceitful, owned by Mr Holliday. Such was the success of the first meeting that racing was organised for each of the next 2 years, the final meeting taking place on Monday 14th March 1859.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr J Christie & Mr T Young (Stewards)
Principal Races Londesborough Stakes, Market Weighton Stakes

Friday 6th March 1857
Londesborough Stakes over 3 miles
1. Tomboy, brown gelding owned by Mr J Danby
2. Grimstone, roan horse owned by Mr J Ellis
3. Knight of St Patrick, brown horse owned by Mr H Lambert

The final recorded meeting took place on Monday 14th March 1859.

Course today A 4 mile course on the Selby 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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