MAIDENHEAD RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Thursday 27th September 1731
Final meeting: Tuesday 29th September 1801
The large Berkshire town of Maidenhead, south of the River Thames, is in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. It dates from Saxon times and its name derives from ‘Maiden Hythe’, although in the Domesday Book it was known as South Ellington. The first meeting to take place in the town was on Thursday 27th September 1731 at Maidenhead Thicket, with results included in Baily’s Racing Register, when the Purse was won by Mr Sheppard’s Conqueror. At the 3 day meeting from Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th September 1762 the Weight for Age Handicap was won by Mr Hillier’s Fair Rachel, while Lord Castlehaven captured the Whim Plate with Milk Maid. A special 3 day meeting from Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th September 1781 witnessed the attendance of His Highness the Prince of Wales on the last day, accompanied by the Duke of Cumberland, when the Give and Take was won by Mr Parker’s Luna. The final 2 day meeting took place on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September 1801 when the Maidenhead Cup, over 4 miles, was won by Louisa for Mr Spencer on the first day, although she had to settle for second place behind Mr Smith’s Emperor in the Purse on the final day.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Castlehaven, Lord Scarborough, Captain Bertie
Principal Races Maidenhead Whim Plate

Thursday 27th September 1731

Maidenhead 25 Guineas Purse
1. Conqueror owned by Mr Sheppard
2. Cinder-Wench owned by Mr Tuting
3. Smuggler owned by Mr Griffin

Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th September 1762

Maidenhead 2 mile Weight for Age Handicap
1. Fair Rachael owned by Mr Hillier
2. Missinissa owned by Mr Churchill
3. Diana owned by Mr Brown

Maidenhead Whim Plate over 2 miles
1. Milk Maid owned by Lord Castlehaven
2. Dart owned by Mr Douglas
3. Violet owned by Mr Hillier

Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th October 1782

 Maidenhead 4 mile Stakes
1. Brush owned by Mr Walbank
2. Miss Betty owned by Mr Wiltshire
3. John-a-Nokes owned by Captain Bertie

Gentlemen and Noblemens’ Purse over 4 miles
1. Little John owned by Mr Wildman
2. Luna owned by Mr Parker
3. Unnamed colt by Pantalon owned by Mr White

Monday 22nd September 1800

Maidenhead Gentleman’s Sweepstakes over 3 miles
1. Tunbridge owned by Mr Spencer
2. Bona Roba owned by Mr A Corbet
3. Milksop owned by Mr Smith

Maidenhead Subscription Bowl over 2 miles
1. Sweetlips owned by Mr Dockeray
2. Unnamed bay gelding owned by Lord Scarborough
3. Damon owned by Mr Howdelt
4. Bellona owned by Mr A Corbet

John Cary (1754-1835) was an English cartographer who published his atlas, The New and Correct English Atlas, in 1787. In 1794 he was commissioned by the Postmaster General to survey all English roads. The map shown below is an extract from his 1794 work.

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 29th September 1801.
Course today On Maidenhead Thicket.
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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