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Cricket, Football

Low Moorsley, Cricket Ground

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Last Updated:

1 Dec 2022

Moorsley CC (1860 - 1914)

HER Description

NEHL - Moorsley CC utilised this patch of land from their inception in 1860 until their demise in 1914. In the first decade it was nothing moor than grazing land not too far from the colliery, on a footpath to Stobley Moor. By the 1890s it had its own perimeter and contained next to a gasometer. The colliery had grown to such an extent the need to section it off was apparent. By the 1890s, though unlabelled, it appears there was a pavilion on its south side. The Ordnance Survey published in 1920, illustrated in 1914, captured the ground in its final year. The small clubhouse/pavilion was extant as well as the field perimeter. By the 1930s it had became a poultry centre and small reservoirs for the local water supply.

Moorsley CC, a very early cricket club, were its main tenants. A piece from the Durham Chronicle of September 1860 saw a public challenge from the writer and their brother, challenging other cricket players for £20 a side. They were to play at the ground. It is possible this was the club at its first inception, offering competition.

Football was also played here, though I cannot find the team that did. It may have been the same club, as teams often were multi-sports. This is how many football teams were first formed, including Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United (Stanley FC)

Thanks to East Rainton CC for highlighting the ground.

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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