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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 1st April 1845
Final meeting: Tuesday 1st April 1845
The city of Durham and county of Northumberland combined to organise a race meeting in the mid-1800s. The meeting took place on Tuesday 1st April 1845 in the neighbourhood of Newcastle upon Tyne. The start was on the north western verge of the extensive moor granted to the Herbage Committee but owned by the Corporation. After several fences the course ran by the side of the Ponteland road and then completed an elliptical circuit. There was an immense crowd to see the Scurry Stakes won by Mr D Cookson’s Rufus, beating Kitten and Bucket, but the main attraction was the Steeplechase. An impressive field faced the starter and it was won by Mr W H Fife’s The Snipe. There are no further records of such a joint meeting being arranged.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir John Fife, Mr William Watson, Mr Charles Cookson (Stewards)
Principal Races Northumberland & Durham Steeplechase, Scurry Stakes

Tuesday 1st April 1845
Northumberland & Durham Steeplechase
1. The Snipe, bay mare owned by Mr W H Fife
2. The Golden Plover, chestnut gelding owned by Mr R H Yea
3. Cremona, bay mare owned by Mr C Headland

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 1st April 1845.

Course today On part of Newcastle Moor on the road to Ponteland.
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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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