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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 23rd February 1869
Final meeting: Tuesday 23rd February 1869
The Worcestershire village of Norton-juxta-Kempsey lies close to the River Severn in the Pershore district of the county. It enjoys open countryside and contains Norton Hall. In the mid to late 1800s the village held its own race meeting on Tuesday 23rd February 1869. The course, starting near to the Norton Retreat, consisted of a sound turf surface with moderately difficult fences and a straight run-in across 3 farms. The main race of the day, the Norton Manor Steeplechase over 2 ½ miles, was won by Little Ellen. No further meetings were held in this village, although the neighbouring Kempsey held meetings in 1868 and 1869.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr H S Allsopp & Mr E F Vernon (Stewards)
Principal Races Norton Manor Steeplechase

Tuesday 23rd February 1869
Norton Manor Steeplechase over 2 ½ miles
1. Little Ellen, 6 year old owned by Mr P Merton
2. Banaret, 6 year old owned by Mr T Eccle
3. Kathleen, aged horse owned by Captain Holyoake

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 23rd February 1869.

Course today The all turf course ran across 3 fields, beginning at the Norton Retreat.
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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