HOUNSLOW RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 17th July 1751
Final meeting: Tuesday 12th September 1820
Today Hounslow is the principal town in the London Borough of Hounslow, some 17 kilometres from Charing Cross, but back in the mid-1700s it was in Middlesex.  One of the first recorded meetings took place on Hounslow Heath in 1751, a 3 day meeting held from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th July. On the first day the £50 Purse was won by John Robinson’s True Blue, beating Puss and Wheasel owned by Anthony Langley-Swymmer. The meeting was extended to a 4 day meeting in 1752 and a year later they held a 3 day race meeting in August 1753 when the popular Give and Take Handicap had a large number of subscribers and was won by Mr Rogers’s Robin Red Breast, defeating Fen Folly and Sampson Gideon. The meeting continued to grow in success and in 1754 a further 4 day meeting was held between 21st October and 24th October, followed by a 3 day meeting in July 1755. Racing lapsed in the town for a while, although a Military meeting took place on Thursday 15th April 1819 when the Hunters Sweepstakes saw Captain Hammersley’s Billy Button beat Buffer and Chevalier. The next year a 2 day event was staged on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th September 1820 offering a Silver Cup race for which entries had to be made at the Marquis of Granby. Celebrations extended beyond the racing with an Ordinary at the George Inn on Monday and the Rose and Crown on Tuesday. Although meetings continued after this date, the cards often included pony races or events for half-breds.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Charles Goring, Sir Edward Hale
Principal Races Hounslow Give and Take Handicap, Hounslow Purse

Wednesday 17th - Friday 19th July 1751

Wednesday 17th July 1751 Hounslow Fifty Pounds Purse
1. True Blue owned by John Robinson
2. Puss owned by Mr Rogers
3. Wheasel owned by Anthony Langley-Swymmer

Thursday 18th July 1751 Fifty Pounds Ladies Plate
1. Betty Germain owned by Mr Ludlow
2. Golden Locks owned by Sir Charles Goring
3. John Fortune owned by Mr Theo Phillips
4. Bob Loveless owned by Mr Cox

Friday 19th July 1751 Hounslow Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Little Driver owned by Josiah Marshall
2. Drudge owned by Sir Edward Hale
3. Tom Thumb owned by Sir Charles Goring

Wednesday 1st - Friday 3rd August 1753

Wednesday 1st August 1753 Hounslow Fifty Pounds Purse
1. Grey horse owned by Mr Sparrow
2. Cartouch owned by Mr Stamford
3. Milk Maid Moll owned by Mr Mouce

Thursday 2nd August 1753 Fifty Pounds Give and Take
1. Robin Red Breast owned by Mr Rogers
2. Fen Folly owned by Mr Leath
3. Sampson Gideon owned by Mr Gadfield
4. Smiling Molly owned by Mr Bully
5. Creeping Kate owned by Mr Gore
6. Surley owned by Mr Saunderson

Friday 3rd August 1753 Hounslow Fifty Pounds Stakes
1. Aaron owned by Mr Rogers
2. Lady Thigh owned by Mr Brooks

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 12th September 1820.
Course today On Hounslow Heath.
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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