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place:- Penrith Race Course
locality:- Penrith
parish Penrith town, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
race course; golf course
coordinates:- NY515321
10Km square:- NY53

1Km square NY5132

old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 49)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
RACE COURSE & Grand Stand
date:- 1867=1868
period:- 19th century, late; 1860s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 132:-
... On the north side of the town [Penrith] is the excellent race-course, furnished with a grand-stand, built in 1814. Horse-races and stag-hunts are held in the autumn, and attract a large concourse of spectators. ...
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

old text:- Camden 1789 (Gough Additions)

Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
Page 188:-
...
Penrith lies in a bottom, the beacon standing on a high hill as you enter the road above which is the course. ...
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

hearsay The course was an irregular rectangle with rounded corners. The grand stand seems to have been where the golf club house is now (2008).

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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