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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 25th March 1840
Final meeting: Tuesday 11th January 1848
The Essex seaside resort and town of Southend is situated on the north side of the Thames estuary abouth 40 miles east of London, and is home to the world’s longest pier. Built in 1830 it stretches to 1 1/3rd miles in length. Southend Racecourse was in Rochford, at The Lawns off the Hall Road, on farming ground which is now owned by the Keddie family. An early meeting took place on Wednesday 25th March 1840 when the 50 Guineas Purse saw Mr Evans’s Lord Byron beat Mr Young’s Comet. Meetings continued for 8 more years until the final card under rules was staged on Tuesday 11th January 1848. Many years later Pony racing became extremely popular on the Ashington Road track in Rochford until 1931, after which the ground was taken over by Southend Flying Club.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Evans, Mr Young
Principal Races Southend Purse, Southend Handicap

Wednesday 25th March 1840

Southend 50 Guineas Purse
1. Lord Byron owned by Mr Evans
2. Comet owned by Mr Young

Pony Racing continued to take place on the Ashington Road track in Rochford until 1931, (see the 1928 Racecard) when the ground was taken over by Southend Flying Club.

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 11th January 1848.
Course today Initially at The Lawns in Rochford and then pony racing on the Ashington Road. Ground became Southend Flying Club
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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