BEACONSFIELD RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 27th March 1838
Final meeting: Tuesday 5th April 1842
The Buckinghamshire market town of Beaconsfield lies to the south of the county just 24 miles from central London. In the early part of the 19th century the town organised its own series of race meetings, although the Sporting Magazine first reported on the meetings on Tuesday 27th March 1838 when the principal event, the Beaconsfield Purse, attracted a field of 5 runners. The 3 ½ mile course was laid out in the park owned by Sir Gore Ousley on the Windsor Road and the opening race, the Beaconsfield Chase over 2 miles, was won by White Stockings. After a successful days racing a large group gathered at The Saracen’s Head for dinner. Racing continued to be held at the same venue for the next 4 years before a final card was staged on Tuesday 5th April 1842.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Lord Drumlanrig, Captain West, Captain Reynard, Captain Best, Captain Bastard, Captain Freeman

Principal Races Beaconsfield Purse, Beaconsfield Chase

Tuesday 27th March 1838
Beaconsfield Chase over 2 miles
1. White Stockings, bay horse owned by Mr H Waterton and ridden by Williamson
2. Slashing Harry, bay horse owned by Major Wood and ridden by Wood
3. Widdle Waddle, aged horse owned by Mr Hook and ridden by Hook

Friday 10th April 1840

Beaconsfield Purse
1. Phosphorus owned by Mr C Oldacre
2. Steamer owned by Mr Webber
3. Brunetta owned by Captain West

I am grateful to Ordnance Survey (© Crown Copyright) for permission to use the map shown below.

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 5th April 1842.
Course today In parkland owned by Sir Gore Ousley on the Windsor Road, between the Portman and Hall Barn Estates. The ground is now partially covered by the M40.
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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