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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 15th April 1828
Final meeting: Wednesday 22nd April 1829
Garswood is a village in the St Helens district of Merseyside, but was historically part of Lancashire. Garswood Park was in the vicinity of a number of modern day sporting stadia, namely 4 miles from St Helens Rugby League Stadium, 6 miles from Wigan Rugby Leage and Football Stadium, and less than 3 miles from Haydock Park Racecourse. The earliest record of a meeting on the Park was a 2 day meeting on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th April 1828. The card for the first day consisted of 4 matches, with Sir J Gerard losing 3 of them, and the Garswood Park Stakes which was won by Jessy for Mr Gerard. On the second day there were 3 further matches and the Garswood Free Handicap which wet to Mr Rigbye’s Orville. The Sporting Magazine of 1829 recorded that a 2 day race meeting was staged on Garswood Park on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd April 1829. The Garswood 10 Sovereigns Sweepstake, a 4 furlong sprint, was won by Sir J Gerard’s Eliza, while on the second day a match between Mr E Clifton’s Harriet and Mr R Willis’s Euxton resulted in a win for the former. There are no further records of races taking place on the Park.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Sir J Gerard, Captain Rigbye, Mr R Willis

Principal Races

Garswood Park Stakes, Garswood 10 Sovereign Sweepstake

Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd April 1829

The Garswood Park Stakes over a mile
1. Fleur de Lis owned by Sir J Gerrard
2. The Duke owned by Mr R Gerrard
3. Euxton owned by Mr R Willis

Garswood 10 Sovereign Sweepstake over 4 furlongs
1. Eliza owned by Sir J Gerrard
2. Unnamed gelding owned by Captain Rigbye
3. Unnamed mare by Uncle Dick owned by Mr Anderson

Garswood Match over 4 furlongs
1. Harriet owned by Mr E Clifton
2. Euxton owned by Mr R Willis

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd April 1829.
Course today On Garswood Park in Lancashire.
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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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