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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 12th March 1834
Final meeting: Thursday 13th March 1834
The South Yorkshire parish of Rossington lies in the Doncaster Borough of the county. It is thought that Rossington dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, and there is certainly evidence of a Roman Fort nearby. The parish of Rossington includes New Rossington and Rossington Bridge, and it was in Rossington Bridge that a race took place in the early part of the 19th century. The meeting was initially staged on Wednesday 12th March 1834, although on this occasion there were so many fallers in the field of 5 that the race was declared void and rerun the next day. On Thursday 13th March the 4 mile course started in a field adjoining King’s Wood, near Bawtry, and proceeded to a fence at Partridge Hill, moving on to Poverty Hill and Finningley Lane before heading to the winning post in a field behind the Inn at Rossington Bridge. The race was won by Mr Willmott’s 6 year old bay horse Deceiver. There are no records of further races taking place in the parish.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Willmott, Mr Addeman, Mr Pearson, Mr Griffith
Principal Races

Rossington Bridge 4 mile Steeplechase

Thursday 13th March 1834
Rossington Bridge Steeplechase over 4 miles
1. Deceiver, bay horse owned by Mr Willmott
2. Rakewell, bay horse owned by Mr Griffith
3. Comical, brown horse owned by Mr Pearson
4. Rossington, bay horse owned by Mr Addeman

The final recorded meeting took place on Thursday 13th March 1834.

Course today A 4 mile course starting at King’s Wood and finishing at the Inn in Rossington Bridge.
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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