RYEHOUSE GREYHOUND STADIUM SUMMARY
LOCATED————————————Four miles west of Harlow and about one and a half miles north west of Hoddesden Town centre.
ORIGINAL SITE—————————–An earlier multi-sports venue, which also included Greyhound Racing.
DATE CONSTRUCTED——————–Venue redeveloped during 1957 and 1958.
DATE VENUE OPENED——————-1958.
Meaning other sports may have taken place prior to the arrival of Greyhound Racing.
FIRST MEETING—————————–May 31st 1958 was its official opening, although temporary meetings had been held the previous year.
Greyhound Racing only.
LICENSED OR INDEPENDENT———-Originally independent but its latter years had been under NGRC. rules.
All venues covered would have to be licensed with the government, licensed suggested in this section would refer to tracks operating under NGRC Rules.
INSIDE OR OUTSIDE HARE TYPE——Outside Swaffham but earlier years had seen an inside Sumner used.
Please note that the Electric Hare suggested is only a guidance, and would have been in operation for a certain amount of time at this venue. Although it is not necessarily guaranteed that it was operational all the time, as other types of lure may have been used and updated as time progressed.
DISTANCES———————————–270, 383, 435, 626, 680, 845 and 895 metres.
Please note that most racing venues distances had become varied throughout the years, the ones given above were at once point set and offers only a guidance to the track size.
Please note that alterations at most racing venues throughout its existence would see that the circumference of the track would vary, the one shown above offers only a guidance to the track size.
BIG RACE NAMES—————————Sovereign Stakes.
STADIUM SHARED WITH——————Speedway
LAST MEETING——————————-November 15th 2006.
Greyhound Racing only.
STADIUM CLOSURE DATE—————-Still used for Speedway.
Meaning other sports may have taken place after Greyhound Racing had ceased.
BUILT ON SITE——————————-N/A
In some cases, structure’s that originally covered the venue after the stadium had been demolished, may have been themselves demolished too, so the one described is more likely to be the one which now presently covers the site.
EVIDENCE LEFT TODAY——————-Sections of the old greyhound track still remains evident.
Ryehouse Stadium remains as one of the few defunct Greyhound Racing venues still intact, still continuing to host motor sports, such as Speedway and Stock Cars Racing. Ryehouse Stadium is located in the Hertfordshire town of Hoddesden, and lies roughly one mile north east of its town centre. The name Ryehouse had arisen due to the section of land that it had been built on, which once housed medieval buildings on the land known at the time as the Isle Of Rye, an isolated area situated on the banks of the River Lea. Yet the history of the present Ryehouse Stadium may throw up some confusion as an earlier venue which hosted greyhound racing also operated on the same site. It was during the latter end of 1957 that the old Ryehouse Greyhound racing venue began to change significantly, with its promoter investing £8,000 upgrading the venue. Improvements had seen the relaying of a new grass circuit which covered the old existing speedway track, the circuit of which had seen distances increase to 330 yards for the two bend races, and 525 yards for the regular four bend trip, with a brand new inside Sumner hare replacing an older version. The new Ryehouse venue was ready to stage its inaugural meeting the on the 31st of May 1958. Although the speedway track had been sacrificed for the new dog track, strong interest in the sport witnessed a return of speedway during 1960 with a shorter circuit constructed within the new greyhound track. In 1974, Ryehouse accepted the invitation to switch to racing under NGRC rules, with private trainers allowed to race their greyhounds under a permit license, but as costs increased the track reverted back to independent racing in 1985. New investment came during 1988, after the stadium had found itself new owners, a move which saw Ryehouse revert back to racing under NGRC rules again. During its latter years Ryehouse offered many types of distances such as the 270, 383, 435, 626, 680, 845 and 895 metre trips, with the greyhounds now chasing an outside Swaffham McGee type hare. The millennium years brought with it troubled times, which saw a temporary closure during 2004 after a disagreement regarding the lease. Once the lease problems had been resolved the track reopened once again this time under new management, but again more problems saw the track close the following year. Another reopening in 2006 was only a brief spell before Ryehouse staged its final meeting on the 15th of November 2006.
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