Buckfastleigh
LocationBuckfastleigh, Devon
Coordinates50°27′54″N 3°47′16″W / 50.4650°N 3.7878°W / 50.4650; -3.7878
Owned byDefunct
Date opened21 June 1883
Date closed27 August 1960
Course typeNational Hunt

Buckfastleigh Racecourse (21 June 1883 - 27 August 1960) was a British horse racing venue.

Grandstand in 2010
Grandstand in 2010
Jumps at Buckfastleigh in 2010
Jumps at Buckfastleigh in 2010

History

Horse racing is first recorded at Buckfastleigh in the mid 1850s, on a course on Wallaford Down.[1]

In 1883, the town's race meeting was relocated just outside Buckfastleigh to a place called Dean Court[1] on the Dean Marshes,[2] close to the A38 between Plymouth and Exeter. The first race meeting was held at this new location on 21 June 1883 and continued unbroken for over 75 years, until the final race "under rules" took place on 27 August 1960.[1]

Legacy

The main grandstand remains, and has become a well-known landmark in the area.[3] A sister grandstand was relocated to Plainmoor, home ground of Torquay United football club in 1927.

Point-to-point meetings continued to be held from 1960 until 1977,[1][4] during which time most of the course returned to farmland.[4] Point-to-points have subsequently been revived and continue to this day.[5][6]

Notable races

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Buckfastleigh Racecourse". greyhoundderby.com. Retrieved 28 Mar 2016.{}
  2. ^ "Charting Racing History". Exeter: Exeter Express and Echo. 12 Apr 2012. Retrieved 28 Mar 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Buckfastleigh Racecourse Gallery". BBC Devon. Retrieved 28 Mar 2016.
  4. ^ a b "In pictures: Racecourse of the past and the future". BBC News. Retrieved 28 Mar 2016.
  5. ^ "More than 100 entries for re-arranged Buckfastleigh point-to-point". Plymouth: The Herald (Plymouth). 20 Feb 2016. Retrieved 28 Mar 2016.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Grand campaigner is back to form with a vengeance". The West Briton. 25 Feb 2011. Retrieved 28 Mar 2016.[permanent dead link]