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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 7th June 1870
Final meeting: Tuesday 22nd May 1877
The tiny Essex parish of Navestock is in the Borough of Brentwood, positioned just 5 kilometres from Brentwood. The name Navestock means stump on the headland, but this stump first organised races under rules in 1870. Meetings had been staged for a number of years each Whit-Tuesday, but usually involved ponies or hacks. The course was in the mead behind the Green Man Inn and the meeting on Tuesday 7th June opened with a 2 mile match for £25 which saw Lady of the Lake defeat Bee Bee. Mr Poole’s Lady Middleton was first passed the post in the Stewards Plate but was disqualified for not making the weight. However, he was amply compensated by winning both the Belhus Hurdle and the Dudbrook Hurdle with his mare War Queen. Racing continued for a further 7 years until the final meeting on Tuesday 22nd May 1877. After this meeting all further races were not under rules.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Rt Hon. Chichester Fortescue, Sir T B Lennard
Principal Races Belhus Hurdle, Navestock Stewards Plate, Dudbrook Hurdle

Tuesday 3rd June 1873
Belhus Handicap Plate over 1 ½ miles and 6 flights
1. Lady Kew, bay mare owned by Mr J Cooper
2. Wallflower, bay mare owned by Mr Briggs
3. Alice, bay mare owned by Mr A Poole

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 22nd May 1877.

Course today In the meadow directly behind the Green Man Inn.
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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