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Earliest meeting: Friday 11th June 1728
Final meeting: Friday 2nd June 1730
The tiny Cheshire village of Threapwood first held races in 1728. The word ‘threap’ meant disputed boundary area, and the village is famous for having an area of common woodland falling between Cheshire and Flintshire. Given that it was outside the parish boundaries, it paid no parish rate, no land tax and was even outside the control of any Justice of the Peace. Hence, it was a haven for criminals and women of loose repute. Baily’s Racing Register first provided detailed results from races held at Threape Wood (sic) on Friday 11th June 1728, when Lord Molyneux’s Foxhunter won the main event. The final meeting took place on Friday 2nd June 1730.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Molyneux, Sir J Astley
Principal Races Threape Wood 30 Guineas Plate

Friday 11th June 1728

Threape Wood 30 Guineas Plate
1. Foxhunter owned by Lord Molyneux
2. Carlisle Gelding owned by Mr Bainbrigge

Friday 2nd June 1730

Threapewood 30 Guineas Plate
1. Infant owned by Mr Middleton
2. Surly owned by Mr Puleston
3. Whynot owned by Sir J Astley
4. Vulcan owned by Mr Egerton

The final meeting took place on Friday 2nd June 1730.
Course today On common land on the outskirts of the village, outside the jurisdiction of any parish council.
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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