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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 23rd May 1899
Final meeting: Tuesday 4th June 1901

Although races took place in Bromsgrove at Cliff Rock Road in Lickey, near Rubery, as early as 1782, the earliest occasion when races were actually billed as ‘Rubery Races’ was in 1899. The inaugural meeting was held on Tuesday 23rd May 1899 in fields adjacent to the Rose and Crown, Lickey and were well attended. The meeting was deemed to be a success and a second meeting was held on 11th September 1899. Despite the success of that meeting it still proved difficult to attract sufficient runners, and a final attempt was made on Tuesday 4th June 1901, but to no avail as only six horses contested the five race programme.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
The final meeting took place on Tuesday 4th June 1901.
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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