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Earliest meeting: Monday 31st January 1848
Final meeting: Monday 31st January 1848
Mention Wembley and only one thing now comes to mind, Wembley Stadium, home of the F A Cup and other sporting events and concerts. It is an area of north west London in the Borough of Brent, but back in the middle of the 19th century its residents enjoyed a more rural lifestyle. Indeed, in 1547 there were only 6 houses in Wembley. Wembley combined forces with nearby Harrow to stage a steeplechase meeting on Monday 31st January 1848 on a course barely a mile from Wembley and 3 miles from Harrow. The course began and ended on Mr J Elmore’s farm, moving westward across grassland before facing 2 leaps and the only water jump. The opening Sweepstakes was won by Mr T Westley’s Abraham Parker, beating The Kitten and Jack O’Lantern. The feature Steeplechase was won by The Crab owned, appropriately enough, by Mr Elmore. Although Harrow later combined forces with Kenton and Uxendon, this was the only meeting held in Wembley.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Mr Henry Hewitt (Steward), Mr John Elmore (Owner)

Principal Races Wembley Steeplechase, Wembley Sweepstakes

Monday 31st January 1848
Wembley Steeplechase Sweepstake over 3 miles
1. The Crab, aged horse owned by Mr J Elmore
2. Banjo, aged horse owned by Mr Clayton
3. Tamboff, aged horse owned by Mr Philpott

The final meeting took place on Monday 31st January 1848.
Course today A mile from Wembley on Mr John Elmore’s farm.
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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