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Earliest meeting: Thursday 15th May 1817
Final meeting: Thursday 16th May 1878
The Northumbrian village of Warkworth, on the River Coquet, is located 30 miles north of Newcastle and boasts a well-preserved medieval castle which dates from the middle of the 12th century. The earliest record of racing in the village was a two day meeting on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th May 1817 when the principal race was for the Mayor’s Purse of Gold. The course was on Warkworth Moor and that early card included a Saddle and Bridle race. On Monday 16th May 1842 an ancient custom was held in which the Mayor and Free Burgesses of the Borough walked the boundaries and proceeded to the races on Warkworth Sands. The Mayor’s Cup was won by Mr Todd’s Coquet Lass, while the Ladies Plate saw Gauger beat Rolla and Deceiver. The final meeting took place on Thursday 16th May 1878.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr John Muer
Principal Races Mayor's Gold Purse, Warkworth Ladies & Gentlemen's Subscription Purse

Monday 16th May 1842
Freeholders’ Stakes
1. The Hermit, bay gelding owned by Mr Muer
2. Rolla, grey gelding owned by Mr G H Hickman
3. Insole, bay gelding owned by Mr Browell

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The final meeting took place on Thursday 16th May 1878.
Course today Initially on Warkworth Moor and then Warkworth Sands. No evidence of the previous existence of a racecourse.
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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