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Bromford Racecourse

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Bromford Bridge

Hi guys
Did you know that there was five streets built on Bromford Bridge, that was named after grand national winners
Reynoldstown. ( 1935 and 1936 )
Sprig ( 1927 )
Sundew (1957. )
Kilmore. ( 1962 )
Ayala. ( 1963 )

A race horse named Birmingham was stabled in sherlock street on a spot occupied by the wholesale markets
The gee gee, now makes a good pub quiz question as it went on to win the ST Leger in 1830
The oldest of. Britain's classic five races, its jockey was Patrick conolly
Whom That year also won the 2,000 Guineas on August
Does any of these names of streets still exist on Bromford today Astonian,,,,,
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
Re: Bromford Bridge

Those roads are still there on the site of the old racecourse, as are the others named after horses, Regal, Tulyar,Relko, and Pan the rest of the the roads are called after Racecourses, Doncaster, Haydock, Newmarket etc.
 
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Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi phil would it be possible for you to post that photo again please of the crowds leaving the racecourse (post 13) i need it so that i can zoom in on it but its a bit too small...

many thanks phil

lyn
 

devonjim

master brummie
A question for you railway/transport aficionados. There were railway stations at Bromford and at BIF, Castle Vale When the estates were built both were closed, just at a time when there would have been lots of potential customers commuting into the city on a daily basis. Never did make sense to me!
 

Richie

Mr.Respectable

Richie

Mr.Respectable
If you type Prince Monolulu's name into the Forum's search engine there is a lot of info about the Bromford Race Course and Prince Monolulu
Prince Monolulu appears here
https://www.nationalmediamuseum.org...rchive/collectionitem.aspx?id=1983-5236/A2583

here
https://www.nationalmediamuseum.org...chive/collectionitem.aspx?id=1983-5236/G01295

and here
https://www.nationalmediamuseum.org...chive/collectionitem.aspx?id=1983-5236/E04171

courtesy of the former Daily Herald newspaper archive at the National Media Museum, Bradford.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Phil's first photo in post #13 shows the winning post. After 1965, the winning post was moved to a point near the shops on Bromfird Drive. Then it was moved again to a children's playground, a hundred yards west of Bromford Drive. Nice memento of the racecourse. Viv.

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paul stacey

master brummie
would this have been "Bromford bridge Race course", my father took me too in the 50's, can't remember much but the long lines of trams and bus's. Paul
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
I think it must have been Paul. Here's a photo of of it in 1956 - looking out from the grandstand towards Fort Dunlop
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And this is 1965 looking towards the grandstand when everything at the racecourse was auctioned off. Viv

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Lady Penelope

master brummie
Hi Viv,

I was amazed at the orderly queue for buses - that wouldn't happen now, at least not in Birmingham - it's more of a rugby scrum. I worked at Wimpey (the house builders) for some years which I believe was built near the racecourse and overlooked it.
 

devonjim

master brummie
Hi Viv,

I was amazed at the orderly queue for buses - that wouldn't happen now, at least not in Birmingham - it's more of a rugby scrum. I worked at Wimpey (the house builders) for some years which I believe was built near the racecourse and overlooked it.
I had used to go down Newport Rd past Wimpey's(near the motorway bridge) and until I read your post I had never realised the racecourse in it's day came so far.
 

castalla

master brummie
I remember once my dad taking me to the end of Chipperfield Road (we lived in Millington rd) and watching the horses racing by must of only been about 8 years old, when the houses were built there used to be a Blackberry bush at the side of Chipperfield rd used to go there and pick lovely fresh fruit.
 
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