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Athletics

Grapes Running Ground

54.971430, -1.625849

Elswick, Newcastle

Opened:

1858

Closed:

1865

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

1 Jul 2022

HER Description

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.

Ordnance Survey

'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

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'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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