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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 6th June 1797
Final meeting: Tuesday 6th June 1797
The Suffolk village of Westerfield lies just 2 miles north of Ipswich and benefits from its own railway station on the Ipswich to Lowestoft East Suffolk line. The ‘County History of Suffolk’ recorded that a race meeting took place at Westerfield on Whitsun Tuesday in 1797. Therefore the meeting would have taken place on Tuesday 6th June 1797. A window bill from the time still remains and reads, ‘ On Whitsun Tuesday, will be run for on the Green, a new saddle and bridle, by Hobbies, not measuring more than 13 hands high, two rounds to a heat, the best of 3 heats, the second best to have the bridle. The drum to beat at five and start at six. Every owner to enter his hobby, and pay 2 shillings and 6 pence, between the hours of 12 and 3 on the day of running.’ The drum was the signal to clear the course before racing commenced. The old Suffolk poet, Robert Blomefield alludes to the custom:-
And now, as at some nobler places,
‘Twas by the leaders thus decreed,
Time to begin the Dickey races,
More famed for laughter than for speed.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Robert Blomefield
Principal Races Westerfield Saddle & Bridle

Tuesday 6th June 1797
The Westerfield Saddle & Bridle

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 6th June 1797.
Course today On Westerfield Green.
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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