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Earliest meeting: Thursday 27th June 1839
Final meeting: Thursday 8th July 1841
The small Hampshire village of Bishop’s Waltham, a Saxon village whose name means Bishop’s settlement within a forest, is situated on the River Hamble in the Hamble Valley. Despite having a small population it organised its own races in June 1839 and was able to sustain them for a further 2 years. The inaugural meeting was held on Thursday 27th June 1839 in fields on the outskirts of the village, and the Grandstand from Southampton racecourse was brought in for the occasion. The Steward was Sir Francis Collier and an Ordinary was served at the Crown Inn courtesy of Mr Austin. Second and third meetings were held in July 1840 and Thursday 8th July 1841 respectively when entries had to be made, and colours declared, with Mr Austin at the Crown Inn.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Delme, Mr Forster, Mr Budd
Principal Races The Waltham Stakes, Chase Cup

Tuesday 14th July 1840

The Waltham Stakes over 2 miles
The Little Western owned by Captain Delme walked over

Thursday 8th July 1841

The Waltham Stakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Variety owned by Mr Forster
2. Stickler owned by Mr Roe
3. Sultana owned by Mr King

The Chase Cup over a mile and a half
1. Adrian owned by Mr Budd

The final meeting took place on Thursday 8th July 1841 and the results are shown above.

Course today A grandstand from Southampton was erected in fields on the outskirts of the village.
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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