these are my recollections of Wye racecourse.
The course was owned by a local farming family by the name of Long. It was not the first racecourse in Wye, the original one was set behind the Crown on the north downs.
My grandfather worked at the racecourse on race days and for the following week, collecting litter and repairing the jumps. My father had a part time job of painting everything, the stands, rails etc, all were green and white, must have been a soul destroying job!
I used to help collecting the litter after race days, school permitting and spent many hours with my stick (nail in the end!) just wandering around and feeding the bonfire.
I used to love the track during these times, it always felt strange wandering through the bar areas, seeing the the empty bottle and glasses, torn up tickets etc as if everyone had just been swept away.
There was a railway platform adjacent to the track, just showing how important the race goers were to British rail at the time.
The track was closed when it was decided by the racing authorities that the bottom bend should be banked as it had an adverse camber. As the owners were not prepared to pay for the work to be done, neither were the authorities, it closed and reverted to farm land.