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BRIXTON GREYHOUND STADIUM SUMMARY

ADDRESS————————————-

Knowle Road
Brixton
South London.

POSTCODE———————————-SW9 0TQ

LOCATED————————————West of Brixton Road, opposite Max Roach Park.

ORIGINAL SITE—————————–Built on unoccupied land next door to a church.

DATE CONSTRUCTED——————–1932

DATE VENUE OPENED——————-August 1932.
Meaning other sports may have taken place prior to the arrival of Greyhound Racing.

FIRST MEETING—————————–August 10th 1932.
Greyhound Racing only.

LICENSED OR INDEPENDENT———-Independent
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
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———————————–400 yards.
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.

CIRCUMFERENCE—————————Dont know.
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—————————Nothing known of.

STADIUM SHARED WITH——————Boxing bouts arew known to have been staged.

LAST MEETING——————————-1935
Greyhound Racing only.

STADIUM CLOSURE DATE—————-1935
Meaning other sports may have taken place after Greyhound Racing had ceased.

STADIUM DEMOLITION——————-Around 1936.

BUILT ON SITE——————————-St Helens Roman Catholic School.
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——————-Nothing known of.

FURTHER COMMENTS——————–One of the smallest purpose built Greyhound Staduims in the UK.

A local press cutting dated March 1932.
This one on a more happier note dated July 1932.
Brixton under construction during the Summer of 1932.

Another of London’s flapping tracks was the one located in the densely populated area of Brixton, a district situate roughly four miles south of London’s city centre. The venue was found on the west side of Brixton along the side of Knowle Road, opposite a popular recreational area known as Max Roach Park. It was to be built on land next door to a church, and despite a four thousand signed petition being forwarded to the council against the idea, the construction of the track went ahead. Foundation work began in July 1932, and yet amazingly within three months the stadium was up and ready to stage its opening meeting. The Brixton track became probably the quickest of all purpose built greyhound stadiums ever to be built, and yet due to its restricted space available became one of the smallest. It had a main stand that had standing viewing for up to three thousand racegoers, and also track side lighting, yet it did not have any kennelling area on the premises, as the greyhounds were ferried from kennels stationed twenty miles away in Kent. The grass circuit was short indeed, having just enough circumference to create a 400 yard four bend race, with the electric hare bogie running on rails along the outside of the track. Brixton staged its opening meeting on the 10th of September 1932, when over four thousand patrons packed the stadium, along with another two thousand being locked outside after the stadium could not take any more, forcing the turnstiles to be locked by 8 o’clock. A greyhound called Ballinadrimna won the first ever race over the 400 yard trip, on an evening that would see another six events. Although purposely built for greyhound racing, boxing bouts also featured, with the first being arranged for September 1933. Brixton’s final meeting came during 1935, its closure contributed by the new government legislation on betting laws, which forced the reduction of meetings and increased taxes, which reduced the venue’s income drastically. Eventually the stadium was demolished soon after, seeing it replaced by a transport depot. Today, the transport depot too has long gone, with the site now being partially covered by the St Helens Roman Catholic School, and the Bedwell House Flats situated along side Knowle Road.

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