ALMONDSBURY RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Friday 6th April 1867
Final meeting: Tuesday 28th March 1871
The Gloucestershire village of Almondsbury is a large village overlooking the River Severn floodplain. In the mid-1800s the village had its own racecourse extending over 3 miles, situated behind the Swan Hotel, with the first meeting taking place on Friday 6th April 1867. There was a hill overlooking the course which ‘commanded a capital view of the whole course’. The Stewards at the meeting were Lord Fitzhardinge and Sir Charles Cuyer, the principal race being sponsored by Lord Fitzhardinge. After a keenly fought race Mr L Samuel’s Emma saw off the determined challenge of Butcher’s Daughter. Racing continued in the village for the next 4 years before the final meeting was held on Tuesday 28th March 1871.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Lord Fitzhardinge, Sir Charles Cuyer
Principal Races Lord Fitzhardinge Cup, Scurry Stakes, Bristol Handicap, Almondsbury Stakes

Tuesday 31st March 1868
Lord Fitzhardinge Cup over 3 miles
1. Emma, owned by Mr L Samuel and ridden by Jackson
2. Butcher’s Daughter, owned by Mr Davies and ridden by E.M.Grace
3. Cockroach, owned by Mr Young and ridden by Whitmore
Betting 6/4 The Robber, 2/1 Emma, 2/1 Cockroach, 3/1 Butcher’s Daughter

The final meeting took place on 28th March 1871.
Course today Former racecourse has now reverted to farmland.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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