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Earliest meeting: Friday 18th January 1865
Final meeting: Friday 19th March 1869
The Hertfordshire village of Chorleywood, in the Three Rivers district of the county, lies on the border with Buckinghamshire. It is just 20 miles north west of Charing Cross and, at one time, was part of the parish of Rickmansworth. In the middle of the 19th century racing was held in the village under the direction of the Old Berkeley Hunt committee whose hounds were kennelled nearby. The first meeting took place in 1865 on fields owned by Mr J H Barnes, and at the follow-up meeting on Friday 19th January 1865 there was a 6 race card which opened with a match in which Hungerford, owned by Captain Grosvenor, scored a hollow victory at 2/1 ON over Lord Malden’s Queen Bess. The meeting was well supported by the landed gentry and races continued for the next 3 years until Friday 19th March 1869.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Viscount Malden, Lord Parker, Colonel Astley
Principal Races Chorleywood Hunt Cup, Liliputian Cup, Household Brigade Cup

Friday 19th January 1866
Liliputian Cup over 2 ½ miles
1. Lady Blanche owned by Mr Grimsdale
2. Magnetta owned by Mr Templer
3. The Nipper owned by Mr Willoughby

The final meeting took place on Friday 19th March 1869.

Course today On the edge of the village in fields owned by Mr J H Barnes.
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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