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Earliest meeting: Friday 4th March 1859
Final meeting: Tuesday 21st March 1865
The Norfolk village of Northwold lies within the Kings Lynn district of the county. The village was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book and is located just 7 miles north of Brandon. For a 6 year period in the middle of the 19th century the village organised its own races, the first of which took place on Friday 4th March 1859 when staged on a course in Caistor. The opening Caistor Sweepstakes was won by Captain Elwes’ Dandy who beat Cinderella. The next year the nomadic meeting was held at Great Grimsby, followed by North Wold on Monday 21st January 1861. Meetings continued annually until the final card was staged on the Brocklesby course at North Wold on Tuesday 21st March 1865. The newspapers commented’ this usually excellent meeting was much out of form this year owing to the much-regretted decease of Mr P Barnard, principal promoter of the sport’.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr P Barnard, Captain Elwes

Principal Races Caistor Sweepstake, North Wold Steeplechase Sweepstake

Friday 4th March 1859
North Wold Steeplechase Sweepstake
1. Morgan Rattler, aged horse owned by Mr J Davey
2. Croton Oil, aged horse owned by Mr William Munday

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 21st March 1865.

Course today A nomadic meeting which visited Caistor, Great Grimsby and North Wold’s Brocklesby course.
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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