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Earliest meeting: Thursday 13th April 1843
Final meeting: Thursday 13th April 1843
The Hetfordshire town of Bushey, in the Hertsmere borough of the county, was mentioned in the Domesday Book when referred to as Bissei. However, there is evidence that the settlement dates back well before 1086, possibly as far back as the Stone Age. Today the town has a population in excess of 24,000, but it was much smaller in the mid-1800s when it organised its sole race meeting. A sweepstake event was held on Thursday 13th April 1843 on the edge of Bushey Heath which was won by Mr George’s Dick Swiveller after a keenly fought battle with Nonpareil.


This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Patrons Mr George, Mr Oldmeadow
Principal races Bushey 2 mile Sweepstake

Thursday 13th April 1843
Bushey Sweepstake over 2 miles
1. Dick Swiveller, bay gelding owned by Mr George
2. Nonpareil, grey gelding owned by Mr Palmer
3. Moss Rose, bay mare owned by Mr Day
4. Alice Gray, aged mare owned by Mr Oldmeadow

The only record of a meeting shows that it took place on Thursday 13th April 1843.
Course today A 2 mile course on the edge of Bushey Heath.
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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