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Earliest meeting: Monday 3rd August 1733
Final meeting: Thursday 11th May 1854
Spalding, on the River Welland, is a market town in Lincolnshire in the South Holland district of the county. Today it is famous for its annual tulip festival held since 1959, but two centuries before that it was more famous for its racing over the glorious flat countryside which surrounds the town. Baily’s Racing Register first provided detailed results from races held on Monday 3rd August 1733 when the Mr Leathe owned gelding Brocklesby won the £20 Purse. By 1762 the meeting had extended to a 3 day affair, starting on Wednesday 11th August 1762 when the Spalding Purse was won by Mr Smith’s Hazard from Statesman and Castaway. On the final day, Friday 13th August, the Weight for Age Handicap was won by Dizzy, forcing the more fancied Duke of Ancaster’s Croney into third place. Moving on almost a century, a Hurdle Race meeting was staged on Thursday 23rd April 1846 on a course near the correction house on Bourne Road. The principal hurdle race, twice round the course, was won by Mr T H Smith’s Gipsy, beating Queen of Trumps and Cassandra. The final meeting took place on Thursday 11th May 1854 when the South Lincolnshire Stakes over 1 ½ miles went to Miss Briggs owned by Mr Hunter. However, the programme had deteriorated by this stage and the card also contained pony races.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Ancaster, Lord Clermont, Sir C Sedley
Principal Races Spalding Town Purse, Spalding £20 Purse

Monday 3rd August 1733

Spalding £20 Purse
1. Brocklesby owned by Mr Leathe
2. Polly owned by Mr Griffin
3. Creeper owned by Mr Hildyard

11th to 13th August 1762

Spalding 2 mile Purse
1. Hazard owned by Mr Smith
2. Statesman owned by Mr Goose
3. Castaway owned by Mr Robinson

Spalding 2 mile Weight for Age Handicap
1. Dizzy owned by Mr Chaplin
2. Infantus owned by Mr Tomlinson
3. Croney owned by the Duke of Ancaster

Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th July 1782

Spalding 3 mile Sweepstake
1. Bay Bolton owned by Mr Vernon
2. Arbutus owned by Lord Clermont
3. Grasshopper owned by Mr Dove
The winner wore White with and Black cap, while the second wore Scarlet.

Spalding Town Purse over 2 miles
1. Fox owned by Mr Hutton
2. Young Chicken owned by Mr Tomlin
3. Sweetlips owned by Mr Reeves

The final meeting took place on Thursday 11th May 1854.
Course today Near the correction house on Bourne Road.
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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