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Earliest meeting: Tuesday  25th February 1845
Final meeting: Tuesday 18th April 1876
The Warwickshire town of Henley in Arden gets its name from the nearby Forest of Arden and has a number of historic buildings, particularly those built along its mile long High Street. Despite its long history the town was not mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book, although on the outskirts of the town Thurstan de Montfort built Beaudesert Castle in the 11th century. It was in sight of this castle on Beaudesert Mount that races first took place in 1845. On Thursday 25th February 1846 the main race was the Arden Stakes and saw Mr Chillingworth’s Red Hawthorn carry 11st 7lbs to victory. The meetings were well supported, with racing continuing for the next 30 years. The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th April 1876 when the Forest of Arden Plate over 3 miles was won by Cigar.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Guernsey, Lord Willoughby, Captain Haydock
Principal Races

Forest of Arden Plate, North Warwickshire Stakes, Warwickshire Steeplechase

Tuesday 18th April 1876
Forest of Arden Plate over 3 miles
1. Cigar, aged horse owned by Mr Page
2. Bezique, aged horse owned by Mr Ashton
3. Eskadale, aged horse owned by Mr Vernon
Betting: Evens Cigar, 5/4 Bezique, 3/1 Eskadale

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th April 1876.

Course today Around Beaudesert Mount.
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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