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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 10th September 1776
Final meeting: Thursday 13th September 1781
The Black Country market town of Wednesbury, close to the River Thame, is now part of Sandwell, but historically it formed part of Staffordshire. At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 it was known as Wadnesberie and described as a thriving rural community encompassing Bloxwich and the Walsall area of Shelfield. The town organised its first race meeting on Tuesday 10th September 1776 at Monway Field where the meeting remained for the next 5 years. After a good day at the races a Grand Ball was organised each evening. By 1781 racing had transferred to Wednesbury Field, with the 2 day meeting staged on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th September 1781.

The 1781 meeting transferred to Wednesbury Field and took place on 12th and 13th September 1781.

The final meeting took place on Thursday 13th September 1781.
Course today

Today the Monway Field area, close to Holyhead Road, is covered with Monway Terrace housing and Monway industrial buildings.

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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