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Earliest meeting: Friday 4th August 1848
Final meeting: Friday 14th March 1873
The west London district of Edgware, located just 10 miles north west of Charing Cross, is today a bustling suburb, but previously it was in the county of Middlesex, while in Saxon times it was named Ecgi’s Weir. The district enjoyed the wide open space of nearby Cannons Park, an estate developed by the 1st Duke of Chandos, James Brydges. The district had its own race meetings in the middle of the 19th century, with the inaugural thoroughbred meeting held on Friday 4th August 1848. However, prior to this meeting pony races were a feature in Edgware from the early years of the 19th century. At the August 1848 meeting the Edgware Sweepstake was won by The Witch for Mr Simpson, beating Young Robert, while the Edgware St Leger went to Mr Caffles Bohemian. Meetings continued annually and in 1859, at the three day meeting from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th August, races were staged alongside the local Fair. The final meeting took place on Friday 14th March 1873.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Simpson, Mr Caffles
Principal Races Edgware St Leger, Middlesex Hunt Cup

Friday 4th August 1848
Edgware St Leger
1. Bohemian, bay mare owned by Mr Caffles
2. Amazon, bay mare owned by Mr Knowles
3. Peasant, bay gelding owned by Mr Beacon

The final meeting took place on Friday 14th March 1873.

Course today On open parkland near the town.
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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