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Earliest meeting: Friday 15th April 1836
Final meeting: Friday 15th April 1836
Today Kings Norton is a suburb in the south of Birmingham, but back in the middle of the 19th century it was a small place in its own right and held a race meeting in 1836. The race laid claim to being only the second steeplechase ever run in Birmingham and was staged on a three mile course at Urthwood Heath. A field of nine lined up for the judge and the chase was won by an unnamed horse owned by Mr Unett. There are no further records of racing taking place in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Timperley, Mr Amphlett, Mr Unett
Principal Races Kings Norton Steeplechase

Friday 15th April 1836
Kings Norton Steeplechase over 3 miles
1. Unnamed horse owned by Mr George Unett
2. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Barber
3. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Barber

The final meeting took place on Friday 15th April 1836.
Course today A 3 mile course at Urthwood 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

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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