previously New Astley Club, previously Astley Institute

Location:- Fred Archer Way

Brewery or Owner:-freehouse

Sir John Dugdale Astley 1828 - 1894, "The Mate", was responsible for organising the funding of, and building of, the Institute which bore his name. The Astley Institute, on the northern corner of the junction of Lisburn Road and Vicarage Road was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in July 1893. Designed to provide recreational facilities for the stable staff, it was originally alcohol free.
The premises were quite spacious, such that provision was made during World War I to install 100 beds if the existing war hospitals became full. There was seemingly no call for this however

In March 1974 new premises were opened in Fred Archer Way, and the name was changed to the New Astley Club. H.M. The Queen visited the club on Monday 25th April 1994, celebrating the centenary of the Astley Institute the previous year.

On 15th September 2014, three times champion jockey Ryan Moore opened the re-named Racing Centre. The Astley connection is retained by naming the bar, the Astley Bar

click here to go to the Racing Centre's own website

Year Sec. or Manager Owner source
1883 Opening alcohol free
1917 Alfred William Hawkins (Secretary)
10-7-1995 Joan Wallwork (Secretary) New Astley Bar Ltd Companies House
27-4-2012 Matthew Mancini(Secretary) - Companies House
7-8-2014 became Racing Centre - Companies House
15-5-2015 M.Mancini ceased to be Secretary - Companies House
2-7-2018 Miss Deborah Lee Grey (Secretary) - Companies House

click here to go to the Newmarket Local History Society's article about Sir John Astley

Sir John Astley

1907 postcard from the Roger Newman from Peter Norman

New Astley Club 1974

New Astley Club 1990's -courtesy Ron Wallwork