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Earliest meeting: Thursday 25th March 1847
Final meeting: Thursday 25th March 1847
Today Beckenham is in the London Borough of Bromley, but in the middle of the 19th century it was a relatively small village, some 9 miles from Charing Cross. It consisted of rural land and private parkland and records show that racing took place on Thursday 25th March 1847 with a programme consisting of 3 steeplechases. The meeting, held on the edge of the village, opened with the 4 mile Hunters Sweepstake which was won by The Curate. The final race of the day, the Beckenham Sweepstakes, saw Mr Washbourne triumph. There are no records of any further meetings being held in the village.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Mr Brettle, Mr Washbourne
Principal races Beckenham Hunters Sweepstake, Beckenham Sovereign Sweepstake

Thursday 25th March 1847
Beckenham Hunters Sweepstake over 4 miles
1. The Curate, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Brettle
2. Rejected, bay gelding owned by Mr Layton

Course today On the edge of the village.
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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