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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 18th July 1843
Final meeting: Thursday 10th October 1844
Today Lea Bridge is a major route through North London between Whipps Cross and Clapton, but in the Sporting Magazine of 1843 the results from races held in this area of Leyton were published. The inaugural 2 day meeting took place from Tuesday 18th July to Wednesday 19th July 1843, opening with the Lea Bridge Stakes over 2 miles which was won by Mr Game’s Little Vivian. On the second day the Marsh Stakes saw Chummy beat Sambo Sutton and Smiler, while the concluding Victoria Prize went to Mr Dixon’s The Star.  Such was the success of the meeting that an Autumn Houghton meeting was staged from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd September 1843 in fields owned by Mr Teale. A summer meeting took place in 1844 before a second, and final, three day meeting was staged from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th October 1844. On day one the Lea Bridge Stakes was won by Mr Ling’s Botherem, while the later West Essex Stakes went to Molly Mogs for Mr Cook. The concluding race on the final day was the Tradesmen and Boothkeepers Cup which fell to Mystery for Mr Benbow.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr Teale (Proprietor), Mr W Dodds & Mr R James (Stewards)

Principal Races West Essex Stakes, Lea Stakes, Marsh Stakes, Victoria Prize

Tuesday 18th July to Wednesday 19th July 1843

The Lea Stakes over 2 miles
1. Little Vivian owned by Mr Game
2. Sambo Sutton
3. Spring Jack

The West Essex Stakes over 2 miles
1. Evening Star owned by Mr Wheeler
2. Variety owned by Mr Allen
3. Lady Flora owned by Mr Hepple

The Marsh Stakes over 2 miles
1. Chummy owned by Mr Lawrence
2. Sambo Sutton
3. Smiler

The Victoria Prize over 2 miles
1. The Star owned by Mr Dixon
2. Lady Flora
3. Spicey Jack

Wednesday 20th September 1843
West Essex Stakes over 1 ¼ miles
1. Star, bay gelding owned by Mr A Dixon
2. Lady Flora, chestnut mare owned by Mr Hepper
3. Dromedary, aged horse owned by Mr Balchin

The final meeting took place on Thursday 10th October 1844.
Course today In fields owned by Mr Teale.
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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