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Tennis

Highfield Road Tennis Ground

54.995734, -1.689594

Westerhope, Newcastle

Opened:

1905

Closed:

20th c

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

16 Sept 2022

HER Description

Founded around 1905. Lawn tennis emerged in the 1870s and became the favourite summer game for the middle and upper classes (it had been croquet). Lawn tennis was ideal for the gardens of suburban villas. Women in particular embraced the game as for the first time they could engage in competitive sport and enter a clubhouse.

Ordnance Survey

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

A group of women playing lawn tennis at Westerhope. Tennis was very much embraced by women at this time. Source: West Newcastle Picture History Collection via Played in Tyne & Wear by Lynn Pearson

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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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