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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 9th October 1711
Final meeting: Wednesday 3rd March 1847
The North Warwickshire market town of Coleshill lies on the River Cole just 11 miles east of Birmingham and was once an Iron Age settlement. It later became a Roman settlement and they built a temple on nearby Grimstock Hill. The earliest record of racing in the town was on Tuesday 9th October 1711 when a Give and Take race was organised on Coleshill Heath, with entries made at the Swan Inn. Despite its prominent location and proximity to Birmingham, the only other occasion racing was noted in the town was on Wednesday 3rd March 1847, and even then the races might not have taken place because no results were reported in the press. Although a form of racing did take place later, it was of an inferior nature and often included ponies.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Messenger
Principal Races Coleshill Give & Take

The only recorded meeting in the initial phase of racing in the town took place on Wednesday 3rd March 1847.

Course today On Coleshill 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

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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