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Jesmond Dene, Rifle Range

54.987170, -1.585566



19th c


20th c



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Last Updated:

9 Feb 2023

HER Description

NEHL - A miniature rifle range stood close to the "cattle run" on the east bank of Jesmond Dene between at least the 1890s and the 1920s/30s. The range had two related buildings, with an enclosed strip of land around 20-30 metres long.

The range may have been used by the Jesmond Civilian Rifle Club, however they had their own range behind the Punch Bowl Hotel after 1901.

There are no longer any remains, and the site was later re-landscaped. Aerial imagery from 1948 shows a square area of mowed land, though there may traces in imagery from 1946.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1907

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

Aerial imagery from 1946 showing the site of the rifle range in the centre. If this was remains, it was clearly disused. Source: Source Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_3g_tud_uk_94_v_5257 flown 29/03/1946

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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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