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D50081

Shooting

North Close Rifle Range

54.682656, -1.589208

Ferryhill

Opened:

19th c

Closed:

1950s

Reclaimed

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

26 Jul 2022

HER Description

A rifle range was established here in the late 19th century, first appearing on the second edition Ordnance Survey maps of 1894-1899 (1). The range is shown as extending at least 1000 yards from a spring close to North Close, north of Kirk Merrington, northeast towards the targets in a clearing in a plantation marked as Fox Covert. The range is still marked on the fourth epoch OS maps (2) but has disappeared by the time of the fifth epoch maps of the 1950's (3), the only feature marked on the map being the target area within the clearing. The lifespan of the range suggests that it might have been in use as a military training ground during the First World War and WW2.

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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