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Football, Athletics, Greyhound

Eslington Park, Football Ground

54.948646, -1.628467

Gateshead

Opened:

1882

Closed:

20th c

Open

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

29 Aug 2023

HER Description

NEHL - A series of football grounds could be found at what is now Elsington Park in Gateshead. There were 4 in the area on both sides of the railway and the River Team. Their exact use and who used them is unknown, but aerial imagery does show they were used for football. It is likely amateur sides used these grounds.

Update 29/08 - I have found a plan from the 1880s of Eslington Park in use as an athletics ground and rabbit coursing ground. This was the site just to the west of the Teams, as per the illustration on the plan. It appears there was a fairly substantial grand stand against the river which was demolished before the 1890s, and a new pavilion was built slightly further north.

The winning post was on the side next to the Teams, and the entrance was located next to the Eslington Inn, which was still in situ in the 1890s.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1890s

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

Eslington Park, 1959. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_58_2685_f22_0348 flown 23/01/1959

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

Plan of the Eslington park grounds, 1882. Source: The Chronicle

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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