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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 17th March 1874
Final meeting: Tuesday 17th March 1874
The Oxfordshire village of East Hendred, 4 miles east of Wantage and 4 miles west of Didcot, is located in the beautiful area known as the Vale of the White Horse. This seems quite appropriate since the village held its own race meeting in the latter part of the 19th century. The village is steeped in history, with the remains of an Iron Age Long Barrow, known as Scutchamer Knob, situated just 2 miles south of the village. The race meeting was held on Tuesday 17th March 1874 and took place on Hendred and Chilton Down, with Topthorne winning the feature Downs House Hurdle.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl of Craven, Mr William Jones Williams (Judge)
Principal Races East Hendred Open Stakes, Downs House Hurdle, Chilton Stakes, Gore Hill Stakes

Tuesday 17th March 1874
Visitor’s Stakes
1. Duce of Diamonds
2. Shimboldragon
3. Kitty Clover

The only recorded meeting took place on Tuesday 17th March 1874.

Course today On the East Hendred and Chilton Downs.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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