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Cricket

Craghead, Cricket Ground

54.847913, -1.677957

Craghead

Opened:

1880s

Closed:

1939

Reclaimed

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

26 Sept 2022

Craghead CC

HER Description

NEHL - Both a football ground and cricket ground could be found at Windmill Hill, just west of Craghead, between the 1880s and 1930s as an estimate. The ground first appears on 1890s map as a 'recreation ground', though provides no detail. By the 1910s the site is illustrated with a cricket ground and football ground adjacent to each other, with what appears to be a shared pavilion. The site had been landscaped to provide the facilities, implying reasonable investment was made. The ground had closed in 1939 and, reclaimed after the expansion of colliery activity.

Thanks to @east_raintoncc for the following info: The pitches were moved as coal was due to be extracted from underneath both the football and cricket fields. The pavilion was also demolished during WWII by the Home Guard. The venue was later moved to Bloemfontein.

It is likely Craghead CC utilised the site. They competed in the North West Durham League alongside other village teams in the area such as South Moor, Medomsley 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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