PETWORTH RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Thursday 20th August 1801
Final meeting: Thursday 1st November 1821
Petworth, a small West Sussex town in the Chichester district of the county, is located 21 kilometres from the town of Chichester. The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book, although today it is more famous for its stately home, Petworth House and the grounds of Petworth Park. Back at the start of the 19th century the town held its own race meeting on Thursday 20th August 1801. The meeting involved a Match between Mr Panton and Lord Egremont which the former won. Meetings were uncommon, but a final meeting was staged on Thursday 1st November 1821, opening with the Petworth Plate won by Mr Molineux’s Ranter. The concluding Hunters’ Sweepstake went to Mr B Prince’s Jezebel.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Egremont, Mr Panton
Principal Races Petworth 6 fulong Match

Thursday 20th August 1801
Petworth Match over 6 furlongs
1. Trombone, aged horse by Trumpeter owned by Mr Panton
2. Amazon, aged horse owned by Lord Egremont

The final meeting took place on Thursday 1st November 1821.
Course today On Petworth Common.
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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