KIDDERMINSTER RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 25th April 1848
Final meeting: Friday 27th September 1884
The Worcestershire town of Kidderminster lies in the Wyre Forest about 17 miles south west of Birmingham and just 15 miles from Worcester. It was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book when known as Chedeminstre. Races first took place in the town in 1848 when billed as Kidderminster Hurdle Races, with the feature Sweepstake won by the affectionately named Light-of-other-days owned by Mr Mole.  The 1849 meeting was Stewarded by Hon.George Lygon and staged at Spring Grove, Stone Village 1 ½ miles from the centre. By 1851 the races were well established, the meeting on Tuesday 20th February opening with the Worcestershire Hunt Stakes which went to ION owned by Mr Walker, defeating Major Clowes’s Matilda. Later in the day the feature Tradesmen’s Cup was won by Victress. Racing continued to be well-supported for 35 years until a final meeting on Friday 27th September 1884. Although the next year races were staged on Friday 29th May 1885, the card consisted of pony and Galloway races.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Major Clewes, Hon. George Lygon
Principal Races Tradesmen’s Cup, Worcestershire Hunt Stakes

Tuesday 20th February 1851
Kidderminster Tradesmen’s Cup
1. Victress, bay mare owned by Mr E Davenport
2. Doctor Husband, bay gelding owned by Mr A Talbot
3. Cowslip, chestnut mare owned by Mr Vaughan

The final meeting took place on Friday 27th September 1884.

Course today

One and a half miles from the town centre at Spring Grove, Stone Village.

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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