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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 10th April 1894
Final meeting: Tuesday 10th April 1894
Acton Turville is a small parish within South Gloucestershire in the Cotswold Edge ward of the county which can date its history back to the 1086 Domesday Book when it was known as Achetone. It is located less than 6 miles from Chipping Sodbury and barely 17 miles from Bristol.  In 1894 the parish hosted the Beaufort Hunt race meeting which had become nomadic. The first meeting of the Hunt was held in the town of Malmesbury at Charlton Park in 1870, but the only occasion a meeting was held in Acton Turville, near Badminton, was on Tuesday 10th April 1894. The card consisted of seven races with the highlight being the Beaufort Hunt Cup.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Lord Cowley, Duke of Beaufort

Principal Races

Open Steeple Chase, Open Handicap Chase, Badminton Handicap Chase

Tuesday 10th April 1894
Seven Race card
1.0 The Beaufort Hunt Farmers’ Steeplechase
1.45 An Open Selling Steeplechase
2.30 The Badminton Farmers’ Steeplechase
3.15 An Open Handicap Steeplechase
4.0 The Beaufort Hunt Cup
4.45 The United Hunts Farmers’ and Tradesmen’s Steeplechase
5.15 The Ladies Plate

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 10th April 1894.
Course today

There is little evidence of the previous course in the village, but the Beaufort Hunt still organises point-to-point meetings, although they are held at Oldbury on the Hill near Didmarton.

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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