Bromford Bridge Racecourse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bromford Bridge
Birminghamracecourseco.png
The Birmingham Racecourse Company logo
Location Bromford, Birmingham, England
Owned by Birmingham Racecourse Company
Date opened 1895 (1895)
Date closed 1965 (1965)
Notable races The City of Birmingham Cup

Bromford Bridge Racecourse was a racecourse in the Bromford area of Birmingham, England.

History[edit]

A racecourse was operating in the Birmingham area from at least 1840. [1]

The Bromford Bridge racecourse was opened in 1894 by brothers John and Stanley Ford.[2][3] The lease of the land (measuring 42 acres (17 ha)) was supported by a company owned by the Earl of Aylesford.[3] The first recorded meeting was on 14 June 1895. In May 1914, the grandstand was burnt down by members of the suffragette movement. Following this, the course was requisitioned by the military. During the Second World War, the racecourse was used as an anti-aircraft station and as a depot.[2]

In 1949, the course was bought as freehold by the Birmingham Racecourse Company for £85,000.[4]

The course was redeveloped in 1958.[5] The same year, the course hosted its most valuable event – a 2.5 miles (20 furlongs) handicap with a first prize of approximately £2,500.[4]

Redevelopment[edit]

In the 1960s, the Birmingham Corporation bought the land on which the racecourse stood for £1.25 million.[4] The final meeting was held on 21 June 1965; Lester Piggott rode a double.[5] The last race was the Farewell Maiden Plate, the losing horse (and thus the last horse to cross the finish line at Bromford Bridge) was named Plantation Inn.[3]

The racecourse was demolished and the Castle Bromwich settlement was extended. The roads in the redevelopment were given names related to racing, including references to Newmarket, Reynoldstown, Haydock, and Thirsk. The winning post was reseated next to a playground on Bromford Drive.

The course[edit]

The location of the racecourse

The total distance covered by the course was 11 furlongs (2.2 km). The course featured a 5-furlong straight, and a mile-long section of raceway suitable for flat racing.[5] The course also hosted steeplechase events.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whyte, James Christie (1840). History of the British turf, from the earliest period to the present day, Volume I. London: H. Colburn. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Remembering race day trips for Black Country punters". Black Country Bugle. 8 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Upton, Chris (22 January 2010). "Off to the races - at Bromford Bridge in Birmingham". Birmingham Post. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b c Upton, Chris (22 January 2010). "Off to the races - at Bromford Bridge in Birmingham". Birmingham Post. p. 2. 
  5. ^ a b c "Birmingham". Greyhound Derby. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°30′21″N 1°49′15″W / 52.50583°N 1.82083°W / 52.50583; -1.82083