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Earliest meeting: Monday 22nd September 1834
Final meeting: Monday 22nd September 1862
The South Staffordshire village of Brewood lies 8 miles north of Wolverhampton and just 3 miles from the Shropshire border. Despite being a small village it was ideally located to stage race meetings being less than a mile from Chillington Hall, the country home of the Giffard family who loved their racing, and with a ready supply of hunters from the nearby Albrighton, Wellington, Shiffnal and Shropshire Hunts. The first meeting held in the vicinity of Brewood was on Monday 22nd September 1834 under the Stewardship of Mr C Giffard when the opening race was the Patshull Stakes. The course was laid out in the grounds of the Chillington Estate and after racing the Ordinary was served at The Lion in Brewood. Three years later, at the meeting on Monday 25th September 1837 the Chillington Stakes was won by Mr Jones’s Emily, with Mr Giffard’s Hercules struggling in fourth place. Racing continued to be held annually until a final meeting on Monday 22nd September 1862.

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

Captain Wynne, Mr Giffard, Captain Lamb, Mr E Davenport, Mr Samwell, Mr J C Lister, Mr Peace

Principal Races Chillington Stakes, Patshull Stakes, Brewood Hurdle

Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th September 1837

The Patshull Stakes over 2 miles
1. Emily owned by Mr Jones
2. Metal owned by Captain Lamb
3. Unnamed filly by Filho da Puta owned by Mr H Pigot

The Chillington Stakes over 2 miles
1. Emily owned by Mr Jones
2. Unnamed filly by Young Cardland owned by Mr Phillips
3. Cardinal owned by Mr Chambers
4. Hercules owned by Mr Giffard

Monday 23rd September 1839

The Patshull Stakes over 2 miles
1. Frailty owned by Mr Moss
2. Elegance owned by Mr Flintoff

Monday 28th September 1840

The Patshull Stakes over 2 miles
1. The Knight owned by Mr Samwell
2. Tom
3. Isabella

The Brewood Ladies Purse over 1 ½ miles
1. Joe Leedham owned by Mr J C Lister
2. Samson
3. Potboy

Brewood Hurdle over 1 ½ miles and 4 hurdles
1. Defence owned by Mr Peace
2. Louisa
3. Spring Flower

Monday 28th September 1846

The Chillington Stakes over 2 miles
1. Florine owned by Mr Davenport
2. Reliance owned by Mr Barton
3. Unnamed filly by Young Cadland owned by Mr Ward

The Brewood Ladies Purse over 1 ½ miles
1. Nosegay owned by Mr Whittaker
2. Tom Bowling owned by Mr Smith
3. Unnamed filly by Barnacles owned by Mr Taylor

The Brewood Hurdle over 2 miles and 4 leaps
1. Thurgerton owned by Mr Davenport
2. Jerry owned by Mr J T Phillip
3. The Bird owned by Mr Turner

The Chillington Hall and Estate continue to offer a warm welcome to visitors and parties seeking an exceptional  venue for a special event. To arrange a visit or book the Hall and grounds for an event contact

The final meeting took place on Monday 22nd September 1862.
Course today In the grounds of the Chillington Estate.
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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