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Earliest meeting: Monday 22nd January 1849
Final meeting: Monday 22nd January 1849
Enville is a small Staffordshire village which lies between Stourbridge and Bridgnorth. It has a rich history and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 when known as Efnefeld. Situated close to Highgate Common and Enville Hall, a large estate owned by the Earl of Stamford, the village held its own race meeting on Monday 22nd January 1849 restricted to gentlemen associated with the Earl of Stamford’s hounds. A highly respectable crowd from Kidderminster, Wolverhampton and Bewdley gathered in Yew Tree Meadow, owned by Mr Yardley, half a mile from the village on the right of the Bridgnorth road. A line of waggons was well positioned to enable visitors to get a good view of the entire race which was over 3 miles of good hunting ground. After leaving the Meadow, the approach to the first fence was down a deep slope, followed by a cropped hedge and wide drain, the course progressed through several ploughed fields before doubling back to the finishing flag at Yew Tree Meadow. The winner of the main Sweepstake was Mr S Chellingsworth’s Barmaid, beating Rothersthorpe and GO. The Hurdle race which followed, over 1 ½ miles and 6 flights, went to Mr Lowe’s Brother to Rothersthorpe. After racing had finished an Ordinary was served at the Cat and Partridge.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl of Stamford, Mr T Barrs, Mr W Ford (Stewards)
Principal Races Enville Sweepstake, Enville Hurdle

Monday 22nd January 1849
Enville Sweepstake over 3 miles
1. Barmaid, bay mare owned by Mr S Chellingsworth
2. Rothersthorpe, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Lowe
3. GO, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Aston
4. Melton, bay gelding owned by Mr Green
5. Water Witch, brown mare owned by Mr Hackett

The only recorded meeting took place on Monday 22nd January 1849.

Course today A 3 mile course over good hunting ground starting half a mile from the village on the Bridgnorth road in Yew Tree Meadow.
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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