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Earliest meeting: Thursday 9th April 1863
Final meeting: Monday 17th April 1882
The Norfolk village of Trowse, in the south of the county, is situated under 2 miles south east of Norwich. It is often known as Trowse with Newton and lies on the River Yare. The village was made famous in the early 1800s when the Colman family set up their mustard factory. The Norfolk and Norwich race committee organised races in the county as early as 1838 on Mousehold Heath. Later the meetings transferred to Barnham Broom and, on one occasion, to Colton. However, racing did take place at Trowse on Thursday 9th April 1863 when the Challenge Cup was won by Mr Carmichael’s Lindsay. Two years later a meeting was staged on farmland owned by Mr Gowing at Kirby Bedon, just 2 miles from Trowse. The opening Norfolk Hunt Stakes was won by Mr Chaston’s King Tom, while the City of Norfolk Plate was won by Mr Gedney’s Hellopolis. Later in the day the 16th Lancers Handicap fell to Old Nick for Mr Turner. Racing continued annually for the next 17 years until a final meeting was organised on Monday 17th April 1882.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Hastings, Lord Suffield, 16th Lancers
Principal Races Norfolk Hunt Stakes, City of Norwich Plate, 16th Lancers Handicap

Tuesday 25th April 1865
Norfolk Hunt Stakes
1. King Tom, aged horse owned by Mr Chaston
2. Wild Teddy, aged horse owned by Mr S Grimmer
3. Rob Roy, aged horse owned by Mr Lency
4. Harkaway, aged horse owned by Lord Hastings

The final meeting took place on Monday 17th April 1882.

Course today On farmland owned by Mr Gowing at Kirby Bedon, 2 miles from Trowse.
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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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