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Earliest meeting: Monday 21st June 1869
Final meeting: Monday 13th March 1876
The East Sussex village of Rotherfield, on the River Rother, is in the Wealden district of the county. Along with neighbouring Mark Cross and Eridge, Rotherfield forms one of the largest parishes in the county. Back in the late 1800s the village had its own racecourse, billed as Rotherfield and Inchreed Races, which first held races on Monday 21st June 1869. The one mile all grass racecourse was on Inchreed Farm, the residence of ‘King Hemsley’, located a mile and a half from Rotherfield Station. The crowd was boosted by the generosity of the Railway Company who offered return fares for single prices. The opening Inchreed Stakes was won by Novice for Mr Lywood, while the feature Rotherfield Cup saw Silvertail beat Antelope and Flora.The meeting was successful and the next year was repeated on Friday 23rd September 1870 on the same course. The Tunbridge Wells Plate went to Hohenlinden, while the Rotherfield Cup was won by Shoebury. Further meetings followed annually until a final card took place on Monday 13th March 1876.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Hemsley, Mr H Marsh & Mr W Johnson (Stewards)
Principal Races Rotherfield Cup, Inchreed Stakes, Hadlow Down Stakes

Friday 23rd September 1870
Rotherfield Cup over 1 ½ miles and 5 hurdles
1. Shoebury, 4 year old owned by Mr W Cooke
2. Punctuality, 3 year old owned by Mr Richards
3. Wild Briar, aged horse owned by Mr Stock

The final meeting took place on Monday 13th March 1876.  

Course today A one mile course on Inchreed Farm providing a capital view of every fence from the stands.
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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