Walsall Races book re-published in 2015

July 1, 2015 § 11 Comments


It has been ten years since I self-published the first edition of A Complete Record of Walsall Races & The Hednesford Training Grounds and almost from day one I regretted the fact that I never registered it with the British Library…….in other words, it didn’t have an ISBN. At the time it seemed like a good idea as it added to the cost of producing the book. In the ten years that have passed I have produced many books for local history societies and individual authors and quite a high percentage of them have been registered with the British Library, it one was of these authors that allowed me to register this revised edition.Walsall Races new cover

So what’s new? The title has changed to A Complete Record of Walsall Races 1755-1876 (ISBN 978-0-9551382-6-3). The reason for this is that in 2008, in conjunction with a well-known author from Hednesford Tony Hunt, we published another titled Hednesford’s Horse Racing History (ISBN 978-0-9551382-2-5). In consequence of this publication there seemed little point in maintaining the chapter about Hednesford in any revised editions of the Walsall book. The actual information concerning the years the course was open has change little, some new illustrations of racing personalities with small additions to the text. More information has been added to the two chapters about the jockeys and trainers. The new edition has grown by ten pages and this is due mainly to the addition of a further eight race meetings held during WWII to support the Mayor’s War Effort Fund. In the original book just the one meeting was covered in 1942 but in researching another project I came across a further eight meetings which concluded in 1946 with the Walsall Victory Races. There are now four pictures in the wartime chapter and they are better quality than in the first book as I had access to the original newspapers the pictures were taken from.

Sadly, in the interim years since it was first published no new photographs have come to light regarding the course and so the only known picture concerning the course is the one shown on the front cover of both editions. Dated from around 1876 it shows the grandstand surrounded by the remains of what is thought to be Ginnett’s Circus, it was also occupied by Alfred Simms who bottled aerated water from the premises. On the right of the photograph, to the left of the small house can just be seen Stemmer Steps, the only way to cross the railway line in those days. It was from these steps that Billy Meikle, the famous Walsall historian, and his school pals watch the proceedings on the Long Meadow. To try to show this long gone landmark of the old town in more detail I have included a cropped picture of the area with the contrast altered to make it more visible.Walsall grandstand2

The footbridge, known as Stemmer Steps that allowed people to cross the railway lines safely. In later years the subway was built in Bridgeman Street that allowed both traffic and pedestrians to cross.......providing it hadn't flooded of course.

The footbridge, known as Stemmer Steps that allowed people to cross the railway lines safely. In later years the subway was built-in Bridgeman Street that allowed both traffic and pedestrians to cross under the rail lines…….providing it hadn’t flooded of course!

1943 August ad

The advertisement for the meeting in August 1943 which appeared in the Lichfield Mercury.

 

A good crowd watching the Walsall Stakes as the runners approach the winning post on Easter Monday 1946.

A good crowd watching the Walsall Stakes as the runners approach the winning post on Easter Monday 1946.

The crowds around the boomakers stands on Easter Monday 1946.

The crowds around the boomakers stands on Easter Monday 1946.

If you missed it first time around and would like a copy of this latest edition please contact me through this blog, the cost is £10 for the book and £2 P&P (in the UK) although I am willing to deliver to anyone in the Walsall and Cannock surrounding areas. The book is A4 (210mm x 297mm), contains 160 pages with black and white photographs and illustrations plus three colour pages showing some of the owner’s colours that were seen on the racecourse.

Also available is the book, Hednesford’s Horse Racing History by Anthony Hunt and John Griffiths, again this can be obtained by contacting me through this blog. The cost is £11.99 plus £2 P&P.Hednesford book cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

During my research for both books I met up with jockey historian Chas Hammond of New Oscott, Birmingham. What Chas doesn’t know about jockeys past and present isn’t worth knowing! After spending a near lifetime accumulating information about jockeys, Chas asked me if I would help him to put them into book format. I was only too happy to and the covers of these books are shown below along with a sample spread from one of them.

The size of the four books below is A4 210mm x 297mm.

Jockeys covers

Sample spread

If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy of one or more of these books please contact me through this site. A discounted price is available for multiple purchases. Pricing information is as follows but please contact me first regarding the ever-increasing P&P:-

Jump Jockeys 1830-1950 – 76 pages – £7.50 + P&P

Jump Jockeys 1950-2000 – 96 pages – £8.50 + P&P

Flat Jockeys 1700-1950 – 88 pages – £8.00 + P&P

Flat Jockeys 1950-2000 – 56 pages – £7.00 + P&P

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§ 11 Responses to Walsall Races book re-published in 2015

  • Paul Pennington says:

    I would like to purchase The Walsall races book and the hednesford horse racing history please could you tell me how to go about this
    Many thanks
    Paul Pennington

  • Paul Pennington says:

    Hi John
    I am interested in the 4 books:-

    Jump Jockeys 1830-1950
    Jump Jockeys 1950-2000
    Flat Jockeys 1700-1950
    Flat Jockeys 1950-2000

    Though I have a little problem at present, as I rely on my wife and she cannot drive for a few weeks. Would you be kind to put a set of these books to one side for me for a couple of weeks. Otherwise could you take payment by Bankcard or Paypal.
    Yours Paul P.

  • Paul says:

    Hi John

    I am interested in the 4 books:-

    Jump Jockeys 1830-1950

    Jump Jockeys 1950-2000

    Flat Jockeys 1700-1950

    Flat Jockeys 1950-2000

    Though I have a little problem at present, as I rely on my wife and she cannot drive for a few weeks. Would you be kind to put a set of these books to one side for me for a couple of weeks. Otherwise could you take payment by Bankcard or Paypal.

    Yours Paul P.

    • Hello Paul,
      Thanks for contacting me. I will put the books aside for you no problem, as you are having all four the price will be £25.00 (instead of £31). I need to find out how much postage will be for the four together and will get back to you on that, so it will be £25 + P&P.
      Regards and thanks,
      John G.

      • Paul says:

        Hi John

        the 4 books:- Jump Jockeys 1830-1950 Jump Jockeys 1950-2000 Flat Jockeys 1700-1950 Flat Jockeys 1950-2000

        Could you let me know the cost of the books & postage of the books above, so I can sort out a cheque for you, thank you.

        Yours Paul P.

      • Hello Paul,
        First of all you have my apologies as I said I would get with postal charges and forgot to do so, sorry.
        The prices I quoted for the four books is as I said in April, £25.00 for all four. The cost of P&P is £6.25 for First Class delivery or £3.50 for Second Class, whichever you prefer.
        If you send me a cheque for either £31.25 or £28.50 I will send them off to you asap.
        Thank you and nice to hear from you.
        Regards,
        John G.

      • Paul says:

        Hi John

        I have put a cheque in the post for those books John, but I have just realised I will be away from home till the back end of the week, so could you do me a big favour by holding back to the back end of the week before you post the books to me. Thanks.

        Yours Paul P.

      • Hello Paul,
        Okay no problem, I will hang on until next Monday to post them if that is better for you. If you do want me to post on Friday let me know.
        Thanks again, John.

  • gaylordtrotsky says:

    John, I would love to have a copy of the Hednesford Book. So pleased to come across this blog after all these years. I look back on our brief collaboration with fondness buddy.
    Let me know how to obtain a copy plse.
    Regards
    Glyn Haynes (ex-historian 😊😊 from Hill Street)

    • Hello Glyn,

      Two messages from your goodself have just appeared when I went to answer another message, not sure why I haven’t seen these before as I see they were sent about a week ago!

      Can’t believe it’s around 14/15 years ago since you used to call round, amazing how time flies. I’m 70 next May, the eyes ain’t quite what they were but I still have a steady hand so I knock a few paintings out.

      Thanks for your comments about the site, in particular the one about Job Toon, I enjoyed doing that one. Do you still live around here? If so I believe W. H. Smiths and Martins in Cannock both have the Hednesford book in stock, Tony Hunt the joint author deals with all of the distribution. It can be posted if you are out of the area, it’s £13.99 with the 2nd class postage.

      Regards,

      John

  • gaylordtrotsky says:

    Hi John,

    Thks for replying. No I am in Shrewsbury now, but my children still live there. I’ll ask them to pop into town and buy me a copy.

    My illness finally got the better of me so I’m retired now and unfortunately, although I have the time now, I haven’t been able to do any research for years. So frustrating as you can appreciate.

    Worse still, I had to put all my papers into a commercial storage unit a few years back when I left Hednesford, and hen I went back to get them out again to donate to someone who could still use them, I discovered that the floor of the container was damaged and I lost my papers and books to mould and mildew (old Whites directories etc).

    Apart from that life is good out here in Salop 😊😊. I look back on our brief acquaintance with fondness. Really enjoyed our conversations. Glad to hear you are still painting buddy. Stay well.

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