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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 28th June 1820
Final meeting: Wednesday 28th June 1820

The Staffordshire village of Shenstone is situated midway between Lichfield and Birmingham. In the early part of the 19th century the village staged a race meeting on Wednesday 28th June 1820 which was noted in ‘The County History of Staffordshire’ S24 and would have included many of the horses engaged in similar meetings at Lichfield and Brewood. The stables at Chillington Hall, near Brewood, were owned by Mr Giffard a keen horse racing enthusiast who is likely to have had entries, although the meeting could also have attracted hunters from Albrighton, Wellington and Shifnal, as well as Shropshire horses owned by the likes of the Myttons.
This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
The final meeting took place on Wednesday 28th June 1820.
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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