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Earliest meeting: Monday 10th October 1831
Final meeting: Thursday 16th April 1846
Early records show that racing took place in the South Yorkshire town of Wath-on-Dearne, some 5 miles from Rotherham, on Monday 10th October 1831. It was a two day Flat meeting which finished on Tuesday 11th October 1831. The course was by the side of Wath Wood on land owned by the Right Honourable Earl Fitzwilliam. Because the course was situated between Wath and Swinton, the racecourse was later known as Swinton Club racecourse when the Swinton Club organised their own series of races in the late 1870s which are covered in a different section.  Although the final Flat racing was staged on Tuesday 11th October 1831, there was a National Hunt meeting on Thursday 16th April 1846 over 2 miles of good hunting ground, intersected by some trying fences. The main race was a Match between The Unknown, ridden by Mr T Johnson, and Why-Not ridden by Mr William Stott. The race was won in gallant style by The Unknown despite falling at the first fence.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Because the course was situated between Wath and Swinton, the racecourse was later known as Swinton Club racecourse, and further details of races on this course are in the Swinton Club racecourse section.
Local Patrons Mr Pole, Mr Stott, Mr Hunt, Mr Rodgers
Principal Races

Wath 3 Guineas Saddle, Wath Porcelain Cup, South West Y.Y.Cavalry Stakes

Monday 10th October 1831

Wath Porcelain Cup
1. Charlie owned by Mr Hunt
2. Moritz owned by Mr T Rodgers

Thursday 16th April 1846
Wath Match over 2 miles
1. The Unknown, a bay colt owned by Mr Pole
2. Why-Not, bay gelding owned by Mr William Stott

An article in the Mexborough & Swinton Times on 19th August 1927 made reference to the cup and produce a picture of it. At that point in time the cup was owned by Captain R H Radford.

Flat racing on 11th October 1831, with a National Hunt meeting on Thursday 16th April 1846.

Course today Adjacent to Wath Wood on land owned by the Right Honourable Earl Fitzwilliam. I am grateful to Willy Clayton for the map shown below.

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

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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