WELLINGBOROUGH RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: August 1720
Final meeting: Tuesday 30th May 1882
The Northamptonshire market town of Wellingborough, on the River Nene, lies just 11 miles from Northampton. It is steeped in history, being known as Wendelingburgh in Saxon Times, although it was recorded as Wendelburie in the 1086 Domesday Book. The County History of Northamptonshire recorded that racing first took place at Wellingborough in August 1720 when a 3 race card was staged. In the Galloway event 2 horses were entered, while 3 contested the Gentlemen’s Contribution and 4 took part in the Wellingborough Plate. A later, second period of racing began on Monday 2nd August 1880, lasting for two years. The course used was in a field owned by Mr J Wallis, half a mile from town, and the card opened with the Knuston Hall Plate which went to Mr R C Naylor’s Tydeus. The Innkeepers’ Plate which followed fell to Mr T Pegg’s Sunshade, defeating Little Queen and Kitty, while the feature race, the Wellingborough Stakes, was captured by Lord Rocksavage’s Schoolboy. The final meeting took place on Tuesday 30th May 1882.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Rocksavage, Mr J Wallis
Principal Races Wellingborough Plate, Gentlemen's Contribution, Knuston Hall Plate

Monday 2nd August 1880
Wellingborough Stakes over 2 miles
1. Schoolboy, bay gelding owned by Lord Rocksavage
2. Storm King, 4 year old owned by Mr T Pegg
3. Outfit, brown gelding owned by Mr J Hall
Betting: 2/1 On Storm King, 5/2 Schoolboy, 5/1 Outfit

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 30th May 1882.

Course today In a field owned by Mr J Wallis located half a mile from town.
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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