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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 4th February 1840
Final meeting: Tuesday 4th February 1840
The Nottinghamshire village of Widmerpool lies some 10 miles south east of Nottingham and just 7 miles from Loughborough. The most distinguished building in the village is Widmerpool Hall which was built in 1872, but in a bygone age it was the manor which was taken over by Henricus de Diddisworth in 1216.  The village held its own race meeting on Tuesday 4th February 1840, the card consisting of a 3 mile Match, 100 guineas a side, between Captain King and Captain Hovenden of the 5th Dragoon Guards. The course was flagged out over 3 miles on the Melton Road, starting in a field near Hickling, round to Parson’s Gorse, alongside the Nottingham To Melton turnpike road and on to a finish at the windmill at Broughton Sulney.  The event was won by Captain King aboard Wallace. There is no evidence of further races taking place in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons 5th Dragoon Guards, Captain King
Principal Races Widmerpool 3 mile Match

Tuesday 4th February 1840
Widmerpool Match over 3 miles
1. Wallace, 7 year old vrown horse owned by Captain King
2. Bruce, chestnut horse owned by Captain Hovenden

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 4th February 1840.

Course today A 3 mile course on the Melton Road adjacent to the turnpike road.
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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