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D50622

Rugby, Football

Hollow Drift

54.771773, -1.561582

Durham

Opened:

1885

Closed:

Open

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

26 Jul 2022

Durham City RFC

HER Description

NEHL - Rugby and Football have been played at Hollows Drift since 1885, though it is worth noting 1850s maps show the site as enclosed, though may be private land. Durham City RFC were founded earlier in 1872 and had moved to this ground 13 years later. The 1890s Ordnance Survey shows the ground as a football ground - Newspapers show the ground was used for various ceremonial matches, such as an annual Durham City v Old Dunelmians match as well as regular Durham City matches. It may be the case it was noted as football but actually meant Rugby Football.

Durham Elvet Railway Station once occupied the northern end of Hollows Drift.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1896

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

Hollows Drift, 1948. This show was taken during the Durham Miner's Gala. The ground can be seen to the right. Source: Source: EAW017419, Historic England

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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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