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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 19th September 1865
Final meeting: Friday 31st March 1871
Today Southall is a large suburban area of west London in the Borough of Ealing, located just 17 kilometres from Charing Cross, enjoying excellent transport links to London. Back in the mid-1800s it was a town in Middlesex with Southall Green just a quiet, rural village. The town has a Tudor styled Manor House and the southern part of the town once had a large open area called Southall Green. The town held races in 1865 on Southall Down at Barn Farm, holding its inaugural two day meeting on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th September 1865 when entries were made at the White Hart Inn. The principal event on the card, the Juvenile Plate, was won by Katherine for Mr Filmer. An Ordinary was served at the same location after racing each day. That first meeting was so successful and well-supported that it was repeated for the next 6 years until a final card was held on Friday 31st March 1871.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Earl of Westmorland, Earl Powlett
Principal Races

Southall Handicap, Southall Handicap Hurdle, Counties Stakes

Wednesday 20th September 1865
Southall Juvenile Plate over 5 furlongs
1. Katherine, 2 year old owned by Mr Filmer
2. The Proctor, 2 year old owned by Mr Evans
3. Capricious, 2 year old owned by Mr Harris

The final meeting took place on Friday 31st March 1871.

Course today On Southall Down at Barn 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

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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