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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 9th July 1844
Final meeting: Tuesday 3rd August 1847
Today Chigwell Row is a small village in Epping Forest in Essex situated some 20 miles north east of London, but back in the middle of the 19th century it held races. The first record of a meeting was on Tuesday 9th July 1844 when a 3 race programme included two Sweepstakes and a concluding pony race. The opening Sweepstake was won by Mr Waterage’s Dr Webb, while a second Sweepstakes was won by Hazard. The final record of a meeting was on Tuesday 3rd August 1847.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Waterage
Principal Races Chigwell Row Sweepstake

Tuesday 9th July 1844
Chigwell Sweepstake
1. Dr Webb, aged horse owned by Mr Waterage
2. Hazard
3. Slender Billy
4. Louisa

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 3rd August 1847.
Course today On common land 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

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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