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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 21st September 1831
Final meeting: Wednesday 11th September 1833
Although the South Wold Hunt Group were based in Lincolnshire and held races for a prolonged period in the 19th and early 20th century, Sothwold in Suffolk also held its own race meeting. The Sporting Magazine of 1831 reported that a meeting, organised by the Southwold Steeplechase committee, was held on Wednesday 21st September 1831 when the 2 mile Sweepstakes was run over 3 heats. At the outset Lord Stradbroke’s Galopade was made 4/5 favourite, and after winning the first heat was reduced to 1/3. However, once Colonel Wilson’s Whiskey captured the second heat he was made the new favourite at the prohibitive odds of 1/10 and prevailed. A further meeting was reported in the same publication on Wednesday 11th September 1833 when the Hunter’s Stakes was won by Mr Smith’s Ploughboy, beating Young Tristram and Atlas. However, the highlight of the meeting was the Southwold Town Plate, twice round the course, which was won by Mr Munro’s Lady Charlotte. There are no records of further meetings held in this seaside resort.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord & Lady Berner
Principal Races Southwold Town Plate, Southwold Hunters Stakes

Wednesday 11th September 1833
Southwold Town Plate over 2 miles
1. Lady Charlotte, bay filly owned by Mr Munro
2. Oscar, chestnut gelding owned by Lord Berners

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 11th September 1833.
Course today Over good sporting ground on the outskirts of the resort.
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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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