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Earliest meeting: Thursday 27th August 1827
Final meeting: Tuesday 7th August 1860
The small Gloucestershire market town of Dursley, 4 miles south of the River Severn, has a long association with the Seymour family, including Jane Seymour, and once had its own racecourse which was operational from 1827. The course was on Stinchcombe Hill and the inaugural meeting was held on Thursday 27th August 1827. The principal race was the Dursley Cup and after racing had finished for the day a splendid Dinner was served in the evening at the Bell Hotel.  Racing continued on and off for the next 33 years, including races which supported the military, until the final meeting on Tuesday 7th August 1860.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 1 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Beaufort, Sir Maurice Berkeley, Mr Hemsley, Mr Minett
Principal Races Dursley Cup, Dursley Handicap, Yeomanry Cavalry Cup, Dursley Sweepstakes

The article below gives a record of a meeting held at Dursley on Thursday 29th February 1844 and is shown courtesy of the British Newspaper Articles Online:-

Tuesday 7th August 1860
Yeomanry Cavalry Cup over 2 miles
1. Sunbeam, bay mare owned by Private Till
2. Mutineer, bay gelding owned by Private Ricketts
3. Banker, chestnut gelding owned by Private Bannister

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 7th August 1860.
Course today On Stinchcombe Hill
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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