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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 7th August 1855
Final meeting: Tuesday 7th August 1855
The village of Nazeing, a parish in Essex some 4 miles north of Waltham Abbey, has a population of almost 4000 but back in the middle of the 19th century it was much smaller, yet still held its own race meeting on Tuesday 7th August 1855 to celebrate the on-going success in the Crimean War. The course, a famous one between Broxbourne and Rye House Stations, is said to have first been used for racing horses during the reign of King Charles I. The meeting opened with the Sebastopol Plate over three quarters of a mile which was won, appropriately enough, by Battle. The Hurdle race which followed saw Black Swan beat Fenman. The principal race was a Silver Cup given in honour of the First Class Yeomanry and was won by Miss Fanny. Races of minor note had taken place regularly before this celebratory meeting, and continued after this meeting.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Viscount Malden, Major Vyse, Mr Littler
Principal Races

First Class Yeomanry Silver Cup, Sebastopol Plate, Nazeing Hurdle, Nazeing Sweepstakes

Tuesday 7th August 1855

The Sebastopol Plate over 6 furlongs
1. Battle owned by Mr McLeod
2. Cato owned by Mr Whitfield
3. Firebrand owned by Mr Littler

The Nazeing Hurdle Race over 2 miles and 5 flights
1. Black Swan owned by Mr Daley
2. Fenman owned by Mr Mills

Nazeing Sweepstakes over a mile
1. Firebrand owned by Mr Littler
2. Billy the Beau owned by Mr Laws
3. Vestris owned by Mr John

Tuesday 7th August 1855
First Class Yeomanry Silver Cup
1. Miss Fanny, aged mare owned by Captain Pritchett
2. Alfredea, aged horse owned by Captain Tuck
3. Falsity, aged horse owned by Mr Bowtell

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 7th August 1855
Course today On an ancient course between Broxbourne and Rye House.
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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