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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 30th July 1777
Final meeting: Saturday 12th May 1838
The Nottinghamshire town of Worksop, on the River Ryton, is located on the edge of Sherwood Forest about 30 kilometres from Sheffield.  It boasts a number of buildings of some importance in its vicinity, including Welbeck Abbey, Thoresby Hall and Worksop Manor. The town held its own races in the latter part of the 18th century. The first 2 day meeting took place on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st July 1777 when the Weight for Age Handicap was won by Lord Rockingham’s bay 5 year old mare, beating the local MPs Emperor on day one, while on the second day the Subscription race went to Mary Tarter owned by Mr Giles.  Only one further 2 day meeting took place on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st June 1779. On the first day the 4 mile Maiden race was won by Jack-and-Game, owned by Mr Eyre, who defeated the 6/4 on favourite Wafer. The second day offered a 4 mile Sweepstakes in which a very heavily backed odds-on favourite Pomona was turned over by Mr Botham’s Silver Legs. Races were held intermittently until the early 1800s when racing lapsed for almost 30 years. However, one final meeting under rules took place on Saturday 12th May 1838 administered by the Worksop Yeomanry Cavalry.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Rockingham, Hon. Mr Vane, Mr Giles
Principal Races Worksop Subscription Race, Worksop Weight for Age

Wednesday 30th July 1777
Worksop Weight for Age Handicap
1. Unnamed bay 5 year old mare owned by Lord Rockingham
2. Emperor, bay gelding owned by Hon. Mr Vane
3. Black Legs, dappled mare owned by Mr Marshall

The final meeting took place on Saturday 12th May 1838.
Course today On Worksop Common.
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

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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