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The Shropshire suburb of Shrewsbury called Meole Brace was once a village in its own right. Meole Village is the older part of Meole Brace which still has a village feel to it. The Shrewsbury News and Cambrian Reporter on 8th October 1842 and 16th September 1843 reported on a number of minor Flat Race meetings which took place in Shropshire, one of which was here. Further reports were given in Eddowes’s Journals of 12th July 1843, 3rd July 1844, 10th July 1844 and 25th October 1848 providing additional evidence of such meetings taking place.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
The final meeting took place in the 1840s.
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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