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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 8th July 1761
Final meeting: Saturday 18th March 1865
The Middlesex town of Hanwell, in the Ealing district of London, was mentioned in the Domesday Book and can trace its history back to 959 when it was known as Hanewelle.  The earliest record of racing taking place on Hanwell Heath was a 3 day meeting from Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th July 1761. Although the first and last days were dominated by pony races, with Mr Nalder winning both races with his brown pony, the Thursday card contained the Hanwell Heath Purse which was won by Bold Stag owned by Mr Pereira. Recorded meetings were few and far between, but the next meeting was staged on Thursday 5th April 1832. There was a further gap of 33 years before a steeplechase meeting took place on Saturday 18th March 1865 on a piece of land in Hanwell owned by Mr Withers. The Steeplechase for a handsome cup was over a demanding 2 mile course and saw Mr Greenfield’s Sweep beat Remunerator and Snowdrop. There are no further records of racing under rules taking place in Hanwell.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Withers, Mr Greenfield, Mr Pereira
Principal Races Hanwell Ponies Purse, Hanwell Heath Purse
Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th July 1761

Wednesday 8th July 1761 Hanwell Ponies Race
1. Brown mare owned by Mr Nalder
2. Brown mare owned by Mr Cook
3. Grey gelding owned by Mr Butler
4. Roan gelding owned by Mr Langard

Thursday 9th July 1761 Hanwell Heath Purse
1. Bold Stag owned by Mr Pereira
2. Chestnut mare owned by Mr Linsey
3. Brown mare owned by Mr Rogers

Friday 10th July 1761 Hanwell Heath 4 Mile Match
1. Brown pony owned by Mr Nalder
2. Brown pony owned by Mr Cook

The final meeting took place on Saturday 18th March 1865.

Course today On Hanwell Heath.
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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