BIDFORD RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Thursday 19th April 1838
Final meeting: Wednesday 11th April 1866
The Warwickshire village of Bidford, situated 4 miles from Alcester, once held its own series of races in the 19th century. The first recorded meeting took place on 19th April 1838, with meetings continuing to be held from time to time for the next 28 years. A final card of four races took place on Wednesday 11th April 1866 when the feature race was the Town Plate. It was a hotly contested 2 mile race which saw Mr Allington’s Glen Saddle overcome the determined challenge of Brunette and Amy.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Mr Allington
Principal races Bidford Town Plate, Scurry Stakes

Wednesday 11th April 1866
Bidford Town Plate over 2 miles
1. Glen Saddle, brown mare owned by Mr Allington
2. Brunette, brown mare owned by Mr Davison
3. Amy, grey mare owned by Mr Butt

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 11th April 1866.
Course today In fields on the outskirts 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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