Which is the oldest racecourse in Britain?
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest racecourse, still in operation, in Britain is Chester Racecourse, on the banks of the River Dee in Cheshire, North West England. Also known as the ‘Roodee’, or ‘Roodeye’, meaning ‘Island of the Cross’ – a name that dates from the Roman occupation of Chester – the racecourse was established by Henry Gee, a.k.a. ‘The Reforming Mayor of Chester’. The first recorded race was staged on February 9, 1539, during the reign of Henry VIII, and Henry Gee decreed that a horse racing meeting should become an annual event, thereby creating what has since become the oldest continuous venue for the sport in the British Isles.