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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 4th March 1845
Final meeting: 28th March 1849
The Derbyshire village of Swarkestone is famous for being mentioned twice in the 1086 Domesday Book when known as both Sorchestun and Suerchestune. It holds a prominent position on the River Trent, situated midway between Burton on Trent and Derby, about 6 miles from each. The village is noted for its Grade I listed bridge which was built in the 13th century. The village staged a series of race meetings in the 19th century, the first of which took place on Tuesday 4th March 1845 when the feature race was the Repton & Gresley Troop Steeplechase. It staged a meeting in its own right on 28th March 1849, having hosted a further meeting of the Derbyshire Yeomanry at Swarkeston Bridge in 1846. After race celebrations in 1849 were held at the Royal Hotel when large numbers of the gentry sat down to dine.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Chesterfield, Sir H Seymour
Principal Races Swarkestone 25 Sovereigns Purse

Tuesday 10th March 1846
Swarkestone 25 Sovereigns Purse sponsored by Sir H Seymour Blane
1. Old Tom, bay gelding owned by Mr Adams
2. Peppercorn, bay gelding owned by Mr Ratcliffe
3. The Baronet, brown gelding owned by Mr Pepper

The only recorded meeting took place on 28th March 1849.

Course today Swarkestone Bridge
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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