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Cricket

Chilton, Cricket Ground

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Chilton

Opened:

1921

Closed:

Unknown

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

2 Jul 2024

Chilton Colliery CC

HER Description

NEHL - The Chilton Colliery Recreation Grounds opened around 1921, with a cricket ground and football ground first featuring on West Chilton Terrace. The grounds were managed by the Chilton Colliery Recreation Association for the betterment of pitmen and families in their area to improve recreational offering and wellbeing in the growing settlement. Within a couple of years tennis courts and bowling greens were opened as well as indoor amusements. A new pavilion was also erected just after 1922 around the tennis courts and greens.

The cricket ground was simply a landscaped part of the open field at the recreation ground next to the football ground. It did not feature any pavilions nor facilities, and was reportedly a sub-par ground and had already wished to redevelop it by 1922. It was home to the recreation association's own cricket team who, in 1922, "had not done so well as expected". There is little other reference to the club.

The recreation ground remained despite the closure of the pit, and partly still does. However, road developments have driven right through the park. Though a casual football ground still remains in the park, it is not the same ground as that featured upon opening. A bowling green and tennis courts do still remain.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1946

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

1940s satellite imagery showing the recreation ground post-war. Source_ Google Earth

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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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