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Earliest meeting: Monday 4th November 1833
Final meeting: Tuesday 18th April 1854
The County Durham area of Seaham was once a prominent parliamentary constituency, coal mining area and site of Seaham Hall. The Hall was formerly owned by George Vane-Tempest, the 5th Marquess of Londonderry, and it is known that Benjamin Disraeli visited the Hall in 1861. In the middle of the 19th century it boasted its own race meetings, billed as ‘Seaham Harbour Races’, which were contested annually on the sands each Easter Monday and Tuesday. The first record of a 2 day meeting was on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November 1833. On the opening day the All-Aged Stakes over 1 ½ miles was won by Mr Prosser’s brown gelding, beating Laurel Leaf and Maid of Oaks, while the Sweepstakes fell to Prince Charley. On the second day the feature race, the Lord Seaham Plate, was again won by Mr Prosser’s brown gelding who got the better of Canteen and Maid of Oaks. The final record of a 2 day meeting was on Easter Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th April 1854. Although this was the last record of thoroughbred racing in Seaham a trotting race, in the form of a match over 26 miles, did take place on Monday 3rd May 1886.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Seaham, Mr Prosser
Principal Races Lord Seaham Plate, Seaham Sweepstakes, All-Aged Stakes

Monday 4th November 1833
Seaham Sweepstakes over 2 miles
1. Prince Charley, grey gelding owned by Mr Williamson
2. Ploughboy, aged horse owned by Mr Adamson
3. Pilot, aged horse owned by Mr Prosser

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th April 1854.
Course today On the Harbour sands.
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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