BROMLEY RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 10th September 1850
Final meeting: Thursday 31st March 1881
The Kent town of Bromley, 9 miles from Charing Cross, can boast 3 large parks in its vicinity, Keston Park, Farnborough Park and Bickley Park. In the middle of the 19th century it was a bustling market town and first organised races on Tuesday 10th September 1850 when the opening Town Plate was won by Sam Hood, and the Hurdle race which followed by Captain Mytton’s The Unlucky One.  The course was on the outskirts of town in ‘a pretty, rural setting in the midst of the most pastoral part of hilly Kent’. After racing a further sporting evening was organised at the White Hart. Racing continued to be well-supported each year; at the meeting on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April 1866 the Bromley Plate was won by Musketeer who beat Moss Rose into third place, a notable achievement given that earlier in the meeting Moss Rose had captured the feature Bromley Cup. Two years later on Tuesday 7th April 1868 tragedy struck when Mr E Clifford from Thame met with a fatal accident while riding his father’s horse Vindicator in the Bromley Steeplechase Plate. The horse overstretched at the last fence and rolled over his unfortunate jockey. The final meeting took place on Thursday 31st March 1881 when the concluding West Kent Steeplechase was won by Financier.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Mytton, Captain Sheedy
Principal Races Bromley Cup, Bromley Plate, Bickley Stakes

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April 1866

The Bromley Cup over 1 ½ miles
1. Moss Rose owned by Mr England
2. Justice to England owned by Mr Griffin
3. Wade owned by Mr Sheppard

The Bromley Plate over 7 furlongs
1. Musketeer owned by Mr Bond
2. Colleen owned by Mr Burbidge
3. Moss Rose owned by Mr England

The Bickley Stakes over 7 furlongs
1. Shazalie owned by Mr Ballard
2. Lord of the Manor owned by Mr B Land
3. Master Shutt owned by Mr Castle

At the Tuesday 7th April 1868 meeting a tragic event happened. The article shown below is from the Bucks Herald and is shown courtesy of the British Newspaper Online Archive.

The final meeting took place on Thursday 31st March 1881.
Course today

On the outskirts of Bromley in a pretty, rural setting in a pastoral part of hilly Kent.

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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