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Earliest meeting: Saturday 24th August 1839
Final meeting: Tuesday 23rd September 1851
The large village of Cheam lies in the London Borough of Sutton but was historically in the county of Surrey. Divided into two distinct regions, North Cheam and Cheam village, the area has access to a number of parks, including Cheam Park and Nonsuch Park.  The first race meeting in the town was on Saturday 24th August 1839 with a card consisting of Matches, Hurdle races and a Galloway race. By 1843 the meeting on Wednesday 30th August, entitled North Cheam Races, was held in the grounds of the Lord Nelson, where an Ordinary was also served after racing.  Racing continued annually until the final meeting on Tuesday 23rd September 1851. In 1862 a further meeting was held in conjunction with Wimbledon and Kingston.

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

Duke of Marlborough, Mr Farrall (Judge), Mr Coleman (Manager)

Principal Races Cheam & Sutton Stakes, Cheam Silver Tankard, Farmers’ Hurdle

Friday 19th August 1842
Cheam Hurdle over 2 miles and 4 flights
1. Student, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Ball
2. Discovery, aged horse owned by Mr Coleman
3. The Dealer, aged horse owned by Mr Scudamore

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 23rd September 1851.
Course today In the grounds of the Lord Nelson.
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

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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