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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 9th April 1844
Final meeting: Tuesday 9th April 1844
The Suffolk village of Rumburgh, close to Horning and Halesworth, is situated north of Norwich. At one point in its history Rumburgh Priory was a prominent landmark, but this has now become its church. In the middle of the 19th century the village held its own race meeting on Tuesday 9th April 1844. The contest was over a 3 ½ mile course starting in pastures opposite The Bulk, extending to the Common on which there were 50 leaps, and then running on to the finishing flag at the Inn. The Match was between Mr Glasspoole’s Pirate ridden by Hindes, and Mr Oswald’s Yellow Dwarf ridden by England, with both horses carrying 12 stone. It proved to be a one-sided affair with Pirate winning by an easy 30 yards.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Glasspoole, Mr Oswald
Principal Races Rumburgh Match

Tuesday 9th April 1844
Rumburgh Match over 3 ½ miles and 50 leaps
1. Pirate, bay gelding owned by Mr Glasspoole
2. Yellow Dwarf, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Oswald

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 9th April 1844.

Course today A 3 ½ mile course, with 50 leaps, between The Bulk, the Common and the Inn.
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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