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Eldon, Cycling Track

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24 Oct 2022

Eldon Wild Rose Cycling Club

HER Description

NEHL - There was a cycling track at Eldon from the late 1880s until the 1900s/1910s. The first illustration we have of the track is from the 1890s Ordnance Survey, where a full circuit is built on the banks of Dene Beck. By the 1910s the track had disappeared.

Contemporary newspapers give an insight into cycling in the area. Eldon Wild Rose Cycling Club features in newspapers through the 1890s. They competed in various competitions at Richmond and elsewhere in Yorkshire in one mile and two mile bicycle handicaps. As they were a semi professional club, it can be concluded with some certainty they used this ground.

A Northern Echo piece from the 2nd July 1894 reports on a championship of the North Yorkshire and South Durham centre of the NCU at Shildon Cycling track, where 3,000 turned up. Eldon Wild Rose tool part with 48 men.

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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