STOURBRIDGE RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 7th September 1714
Final meeting: Monday 13th April 1874
The earliest record of a race meeting in the vicinity of the Worcestershire town of Stourbridge was from the London Gazette 1st – 10th August 1714 when it advertised a two day meeting to be held on ‘Stowerbridge (sic) Heath’ on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th September, with a 20 Guineas Plate on the first day and a Galloway Plate of £10 on the second day. Whilst meetings almost certainly were held intermittently throughout the next 100 years, the next record was a 2 day meeting on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October 1822 when the opening Sweepstake went to Mr Painter’s The Main, while the Town Plate was won by Mr F L Charlton’s Plumper at the expense of Ynysymaengwyn. The racecourse was a tight, oval course of under a mile with many challenging inclines, which began with a downhill 2 furlongs followed by a 2 furlong flat section, with a hill for a furlong, and finishing with a 2 furlong flat run-in. At the 2 day meeting on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th October 1824 the opening Hunters Stakes, over a demanding 3 miles, was won by Sir T Winnington’s Woodman mare, beating Mr Webb’s Hebe. Mr Webb gained his revenge in the Worcestershire Stakes with Tipple Cider, while Lord Anson won the Town Plate with The Patriarch’s brother. Races continued on a very regular basis for the next half century until a final meeting took place on Monday 13th April 1874 at Wassel Grove.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Lord Anson, Lord Foley, Sir T Winnington, Sir W W Wynne

Principal Races Worcestershire Stakes, Macaroni Stakes, Hunters Stakes

Tuesday 5th October to Wednesday 6th October 1824

Stourbridge Hunters Stakes over 3 miles
1. Unnamed mare by Woodman owned by Sir T Winnington
2. Hebe owned by Mr Webb

Stourbridge Town Plate over 2 miles
1. Unnamed brother to The Patriarch owned by Lord Anson
2. Libertine owned by Mr Beardsworth
3. Tipple Cider owned by Mr Webb

The Worcestershire Stakes over 2 miles
1. Tipple Cider owned by Mr Webb

Macaroni Stakes over 2 miles
1. Lottery owned by Mr Bradley
2. Alfred owned by Mr Tongue
3. Kate owned by Mr Webb

The final meeting took place on Monday 13th April 1874.
Course today At Wassel Grove.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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