I’m after any ephemera or memorabilia anyone can supply, as there’s still much debate around the sporting venue and I’m absolutely fascinated in it as a social phenomena and business venture.
I thank Fred for this fascinating contribution, and welcome anything anyone would like to add. Please do comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.
Fred Butler wrote:
Saw your piece yesterday on the raceway at Chasewater, I have enclosed some pics of on of the hundreds of programmes I have got from over there, I used to go there every week.
In your piece it states that it was owned by Oscar Johnson, I don’t think that is quite correct, Oscar was a man who raced his horses there, but I believe the owner was a ‘mystery’ man named Mr Menagerdid who came from Wales, which was one of the major centres in Britain for the sport of harness racing.
I believe that the theory behind building the track here was its centralised location, other tracks were at the time in Wales, Scotland and Manchester, but a lot of the patrons came from the London area and the West Midlands, and so it was envisaged as a ‘centre of excellence’ for the sport.
Some good horses ran there, the great TED TROT owned by the Watton family from the black country was a champion, and he finished his career running in Canada. I have somewhere some VHS of race meetings at the track, if anyone can convert them, they may be of interest to show exactly what went on.