Grapes Running Ground
1 Jul 2022
Purpose-built enclosed sports ground, run on a commercial basis with payment at the gate and a small grandstand. No trace survives.
NEHL - playingpasts.co.uk have an excellent piece on their site on 19th century foot racing on Tyneside posted by Archie Jenkins. The Grapes is noted as opening in 1858 at a length of 200 yards but moved to the Victoria Running Ground in Elswick as it was much more superior. By 1865 the Grapes had closed. Previous to these purpose built running grounds, they were generally held on Turnpike Roads. Notably at Bulman Village, Gosforth, Wallsend and Birtley.
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