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Rugby, Football

Victoria Park

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Last Updated:

2 Aug 2022

West Hartlepool RFC (1886 - 1908) (1998 - 2001), Hartlepool United (1908 -)

HER Description

NEHL - Victoria Park stands on the site of an old limestone quarry, owned by the North Eastern Railway. West Hartlepool RFC bought the ground, then called Clarence Field in the latter half of 1886. The cricket ground to the south was pre-existing, as noted in a newspaper article from 26th November 1886. The cost of laying the ground and setup was around £100, and was expected to be paid back quickly thanks to the growing popularity of Rugby Football in the region.

West Hartlepool RFC went bust in 1908 and the ground was left vacant for a short time. A company set up to establish Hartlepool United bought and shared the ground with amateur until it became the sole occupier in the 1910s.

Hartlepool United have continued to play at this ground since, sharing it with a rejuvenated West Hartlepool RFC for a number of years at the turn of the 21st century.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1897

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

The Victoria Ground in 1961 between Hartlepool and York Reserves. Source: Hartlepool Museum Service, part of the Bill Boagey Collection

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

Victoria Ground facing what is now the Mill House stand - Open terraces preceded the construction. 1969. Source: Hartlepool Museum Service

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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