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Bowls, Tennis, Football, Cricket, Athletics, Handball

Ringtons Welfare Ground

54.990766, -1.560006

Heaton

Opened:

1930s

Closed:

20th c

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

11 Sept 2023

Rington's FC, Benfield Bowling Club, Newcastle Benfield

HER Description

NEHL - Rington's Tea, a Newcastle company originating from Byker, opened their own welfare ground in benefit of their workers in the 1930s. The ground was utilised for football and possibly cricket and rugby, and had facilities for bowling, tennis and may have potentially built the rifle range next door. Interestingly, the original Rington's Tea building on Shields Road was a rifle range.

According to contemporary newspapers, Rington's had their own football team which played in the local Northern Amateur League against teams like Percy Main, Gosforth Parish and Northumberland Square Presbyterians. Sports championships were also held here, with Rington's hosting their own post-war. In 1947, a heat was held for the National Team Pursuit Championship between Weardale Road Club and the Derby Wheelers.

During the war, combined cricket matches were held here between Tyneside and other local regions.

In the decades thereafter, housing was developed on the site as well as an academic institution sometime after 1968. One of the bowling greens remain which is used by Benfield Bowling Club. Newcastle Benfield also make use of part of the grounds. Newcastle Vikings also have a handball facility here.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1968

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

The welfare ground in 1947. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: RAF_CPE_UK_2352_FP_1146 flown 04/10/1947

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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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