United Racecourses (holdings) Ltd: Records, 1768-1984, Including Records Of Epsom Grandstand Association, 1768-, Sandown Park, 1889-1968; Kempton Park, 1938, 1969; And United Racecourses, 1966-1968
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- SHC Ref No: 3434
- Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking
- Date: 1768-1984
- Format: Archives
- Description: The records comprise minute books, ledgers and other volumes from a racked store room; the contents of metal deed boxes holding deeds and agreements and a variety of other documents, many of them doubtless preserved for their historical interest; and files from a filing cabinet of older files. No records later than 1970 were taken, except for examples of publications. A good series of minute books, many deeds and agreements, and a wide range of ledgers and other financial records have survived.
The headquarters of the Association were in London until 1969, when they transferred to Epsom, and probably much of which survives was consciously selected at that time for transfer to Epsom, either as historic archive or for current administrative purposes.
- Level: Collection
- Access Status: Open. There are no access restrictions.
- Provenance: Deposited by the Secretary to United Racecourses (Holdings) Ltd in July 1987. The records are primarily the archive of Epsom Grand Stand Association and were held at Epsom racecourse, in the offices of the Secretary to United Racecourses (Holdings) Ltd which controls Epsom, Sandown Park and Kempton Park racecourses. A small number of records of United Racecourses, which was formed in 1965, were deposited, together with certain records of United Racecourses' other two courses, Sandown Park and Kempton Park, which were held at the Epsom office.
- Bibliography: David Hunn, Epsom Racecourse, its story and its people (London, 1973) is the standard history of the course and is based to a large extent on these records.
- Arrangement: Several of the bundles bear numbers which relate to a modern brief-listing but there is no evidence of original archival arrangement.
- For more information contact: Surrey History Centre Collections Catalogue
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