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Earliest meeting: Thursday 26th April 1838
Final meeting: Thursday 26th April 1838
Foxbury Wood was located in the London Borough of Bromley close to Romford. Near to the wood was Foxbury Manor, which was a Grade II listed building, and races were held in Foxbury Wood on Thursday 26th April 1838. The course was located 1 ½ miles from Romford and started at Paul Barn Mead, Foxbury Wood and headed towards Abridge, leaving Brick Kiln Farm House behind and heading on to Nook Hill Lane, a total circuit of 3 ½ miles. The opening Chase was won by Mr Watson’s Nigger, beating Cinderella and My Lad. The main event was won by Billy Cockade for Mr Elmore. After racing a dinner was held at the King’s Head.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Elmore, Mr Watson, Mr Jackson
Principal Races Foxbury Wood Chase, Foxbury Wood Sweepstakes

Thursday 26th April 1838
Foxbury Wood Sweepstakes
1. Billy Cockade, brown horse owned by Mr Elmore
2. Twopenny Postman, aged horse owned by Mr Jackson
3. Well Wisher, chestnut horse owned by Mr Soffert

The only recorded meeting took place on Thursday 26th April 1838.

Course today A 3 ½ mile course starting at Foxbury Wood and finishing at Nook Hill Lane.
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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