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A record written in 1824 indicated that racing took place in Nunnington, a small village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, as early as 1630. The record further confirmed that the racecourse had a permanent grandstand, which was unusual for the time, and implies that the meeting was important and well-supported, although this would have been pre-Racing Calendars and Sporting Magazines. However, the one mile racecourse would have been accessible to many training establishments nearby, including Black Hambleton, Heelmsley, Middleham and Northallerton.

Near to the village, and separated from it by a stone bridge and Caulkley’s Bank, is Nunnington Hall which was built by the 1st Marquess of Northampton, William Parr. He was the brother of Catherine Parr, wife of Henry VIII. The grounds extend to 8 acres and have the River Rye running through them.

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