ASTON SOMERVILLE RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Friday 28th October 1836
Final meeting: Wednesday 27th January 1864
The Worcestershire village of Aston Somerville is situated about 5 kilometres south of Evesham and once held its own races in the 19th century. The village is very small and historically consisted of 3 farms, all part of the Crowther estate. The races were held in the fields of one of the farms called Lower, Middle and Upper Farm. Regional newspapers frequently reported on the meetings, with first reports taking place on Friday 28th October 1836 when the principal race was the Dumbleton Cup over 2 ½ miles which was sponsored by Edward Holland. The keenly fought race was won by Mr T F Smith’s Fanny who got the better of Cripple and The Clouds. In later meetings the Cavalry Cup was contested and at the meeting on Friday 14th May 1858 a Hurdle race was included in the card. The final meeting took place on Wednesday 27th January 1864.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Holland, Lieutenant Gist, Mr W Crowther
Principal Races The Dumbleton Cup, Somerville Aston Stakes, Cavalry Cup

Friday 28th October 1836
The Dumbleton Cup over 2 ½ miles
1. Fanny, bay mare owned by Mr T F Smith
2. Cripple, chestnut filly owned by Mr Crowther
3. The Clouds, grey mare owned by Mr Crowther

The article below is from Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle and is shown courtesy of the British Newspaper Online Archive.

The article below is from the Worcestershire Herald and is shown courtesy of the British Newspaper Online Archive.

The article below is from Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle and is shown courtesy of the British Newspaper Online Archive.

Course today Fields on the outskirts of the village owned by William Crowther.
The final recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 27th January 1864.
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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