Cricket, Bowls, Tennis, Football
Leeholme Recreation Ground
16 Sept 2022
Coundon CC, Leasingthorne Colliery Welfare FC
NEHL - A recreation ground was constructed by Leasingthorne Colliery in benefit of their workers and families in the first half of the 20th century. Upon completion, the site had a cricket ground on its northernmost boundary, a football ground, bowling green, tennis courts and a small childrens paddling pool.
The football ground was home to Leasingthorne Colliery Welfare FC, amateur team who featured in various competitions such as the Wearside League, Durham Amateur Cup and the FA Amateur Cup during the late 20s and 30s.
In modern times , Coundon CC play at the cricket ground. The football ground is now used for general recreation according to satellite imagery. The bowling green and tennis courts remain, though modernised.
The Coundon and Leeholme Community Centre which stood close to the site has recently been recreated at Beamish Museum
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