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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 10th April 1860
Final meeting: Thursday 29th April 1869
Northumberland is blessed with two villages called Wark and both, at one time or another, staged race meetings. Wark, near Cornhill, is often referred to as Wark on Tweed to differentiate it from Wark North Tyne. The race meetings were organised by the United Border Hunt, a group which later staged races at a range of Scottish towns over a 22 year period. However, the earliest recorded meeting at Wark, near Cornhill, was on Tuesday 10th April 1860, continuing at this venue for the next 7 years. There is evidence to suggest that chases were held in the village prior to this meeting. The tombstone of Robert Wallis Wood from Carnham, born on 16th December 1789, indicated that he was killed in a steeplechase, most likely at Wark around 1811. Whilst races continued at Wark North Tyne until 1878, the final meeting at Wark on Tweed was on Thursday 29th April 1869.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir W Elliot, Duke of Roxburgh, Lord Durham, Marquis of Beaumont
Principal Races Wark Silver Cup, United Border Hunt Chase

Tuesday 9th April 1867
United Border Hunt Chase over 3 miles
1. Lochshiel, bay gelding owned by Mr Calder
2. The Tyke, bay gelding owned by Mr H Greet
3. Daybreak, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Calder

The final meeting took place on Thursday 29th April 1869.
Course today In fields just 2 miles outside of Wark.
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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