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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 12th April 1836
Final meeting: Tuesday 12th April 1836
Grosmont Castle, a ruined castle built by Hugh de Burgh in the 13th century in Monmouthshire, is located very close to the Herefordshire border and just 13 miles south west of Hereford. Close by is Kentchurch Court, a Grade I Listed stately house in the Herefordshire village of Kentchurch, which has been the family home of the Scudamore’s for some considerable time. In the middle of the 19th century a race meeting took place on parkland within the grounds of the house on Tuesday 12th April 1836. The sole meeting was billed as ‘Kentchurch and Grosmont Races’ and opened with the Kentchurch Handicap over 2 miles which was won by Charity owned by Mr Williams. Later in the day the Partyseal Hurdle Stakes was won by Mr Scott’s Buffer, while the Hack Stakes saw Mr Newman’s Cripple defeat Gallipot and Bobadilla. After racing a Ball was held at the Market Hall.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr L Scudamore, Captain Smith
Principal Races

Kentchurch Handicap, Partyseal Hurdle Stakes, Grosmont Hack Stakes

Tuesday 12th April 1836
Grosmont Hack Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Cripple, 6 year old owned by Mr Newman
2. Gallipot, 6 year old owned by Mr Trumper
3. Bobadilla, chestnut mare owned by Mr Hunter

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 12th April 1836.
Course today On the parkland of Kentchurch House.
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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