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Earliest meeting: Monday 5th August 1782
Final meeting: Saturday 23rd July 1785
Uppark House is a 17th century house in South Harting near Petersfield in West Sussex. It was built in 1690 and sold to Sir Matthew Featherstonhaugh in 1747. Sir Matthew later had one son who became Sir Harry Featherstonhaugh. The first meeting to take place in the grounds of Uppark was on Monday 5th August 1782 when the Uppark Sweepstakes was won by Sir H Fetherstonhaugh’s Rockingham defeating Antiquity. A second day of racing took place on Thursday 8th August 1782, but it was a further 3 years before the next reference to racing in the grounds of the estate. That two day meeting was staged from Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd July 1785 when the Uppark Cup over 2 miles was launched. It was contested by some very prominent owners, with the Prince of Wales’ Nottingham pipped at the post by Epaminondas owned by Sir Harry Featherstonhaugh.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Prince of Wales, Sir H Fetherston, Colonel Tarleton

Principal Races

Uppark Cup, Uppark Sweepstake

Monday 5th & Thursday 8th August 1782

Uppark Sweepstake over a mile and a quarter
1. Rockingham owned by Sir H Fetherston
2. Antuquity owned by Colonel Tarleton
3. Conundrum owned by Mr Monson

22nd – 23rd July 1785

Uppark Cup over 2 miles
1 Epaminondas owned by Sir H Featherston
2 Nottingham owned by the Prince of Wales
3 Racer owned by Lord Grosvenor

John Cary (1754-1835) was an English cartographer who published his atlas, The New and Correct English Atlas, in 1787. In 1794 he was commissioned by the Postmaster General to survey all English roads. The map shown below is an extract from his 1794 work.

The final meeting took place on Saturday 23rd July 1785.
Course today In the grounds of Uppark House.
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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