Warwick Race Course

The Common Gate entrance to Warwick Racecourse | Warwickshire County Council
The Common Gate entrance to Warwick Racecourse
Warwickshire County Council
Description of this historic site

Warwick Race Course had been established by 1775, possibly earlier. One document suggests that the first proper race meeting took place here in 1709, making it one of the oldest Race Courses in the country.

Notes about this historic site

1 The Warwick meeting is amongst the oldest in the country. The oldest racecard is at the Woolpack Hotel and dates to 1775 but it is believed that the races started long before this. An undated newspaper cutting refers to a Bailey’s Magazine published in 1728 which states that the first proper race meeting in England was held here in 1709. A plan of 1849 shows the racecourse as it remained until 1939. It shows a grandstand which is believed to have been erected originally in 1815.

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