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Earliest meeting: Thursday 28th June 1838
Final meeting: Monday 17th April 1882
The Norfolk and Norwich race committee organised a series of race meetings stretching over at least 44 years using a range of courses. The early meetings were held on Mousehold Heath, beginning with a two day card on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June 1838. On Wednesday 8th September 1841 the Norfolk and Norwich Handicap Stakes was won by Mr C Crawshay’s Rory O’More on Mousehold Heath. The group were nomadic and transferred their attention to Barnham Broom for a few years, although in 1846 the meeting was meant to be at Barnham Broom but, in the event, took place at the village of Colton on Wednesday 8th April 1846. The main Sweepstakes was won by Little John, owned by Mr Beaumont, who got the better of Novice and Lord Suffield’s Shamrock.  Racing later transferred to the village of Trowse in 1865, a meeting which was deemed sufficiently successful for racing to continue for the next 17 years before a final card was organised on Monday 17th April 1882.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Suffield, Captain Ives
Principal Races Norfolk & Norwich Plate, Eastern Counties Hunt Cup, Licensed Horse Dealers Stakes

Wednesday 9th September 1840
Norfolk & Norwich Plate over 2 ½ miles
1. Fitzambo, 4 year old owned by Mr J Turner
2. Powick, 6 year old owned by Mr Horner
3. Foxhunter, 5 year old owned by Mr B Land

The final meeting took place on Monday 17th April 1882.

Course today At a range of courses starting at Mousehold Heath and progressing to Trowse.
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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