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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 20th July 1841
Final meeting: Tuesday 20th July 1841
The large town of Croydon in South London was once the home of a successful racecourse which operated from 1860 until 1890. However, prior to its existence there was racing in Croydon on Croydon Common when Croydon was in Surrey. Records indicate that a one-off meeting took place on Tuesday 20th July 1841, opening with The Hurdle Stakes twice round and the distance. Mr Bennett’s Commodore won both heats, defeating 5 rivals. The feature race was the Croydon Common Cup which Susan won, and the day concluded with a trotting race.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Huntingtower
Principal Races Croydon Common Cup, Croydon Hurdle Stakes

Tuesday 20th July 1841
Croydon Common Cup
1. Susan, bay mare owned by Mr White
2. Langar, chestnut filly owned by Lord Huntingtower
3. Clematia, 4 year old owned by Mr Balchin
4. Roulette, 4 year old owned by Mr Higgins

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 20th July 1841.
Course today On Croydon Common.
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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