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Bell's Close, Football Ground

54.974697, -1.701313

Lemington, Newcastle




20th c



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Last Updated:

18 Nov 2022

Bells Close Wesleyans AFC

HER Description

NEHL - Bells Close Wesleyans played at a ground close to the church north of the North Eastern Railway branch to North Wylam. It was a modest affair with a small clubhouse and no other facilities. This may be the building shown on the building below. It appears the ground was bedded in post 1914 and in use until around the 1960s or 70s, and is now reclaimed as woodland.

The aerial shot from 1947 shows the pitch with little maintenance, suggesting it was out of use for a few years after WWII.

Bells Close Wesleyans were fairy successful during their years playing. They had won a local league (probably the East Tyne League) in the 24-25 season as per picture below, and reached the Northumberland Minor Cup Final against Sleekburn at Croft Park, Blyth, beating Coxlodge Welfare in the semi final.

Thanks to Peter McDonough (@petemc82) for tipping me off with info on the site.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey 1939

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

The ground can be seen left of centre. It appears unmaintained post WWII. It may be the case the club went defunct after the war, though the ground continued to be illustrated into the 60s. Source: Source Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_cpe_uk_2352_fp_1207 flown 04/10/1947

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

Bells Close Wesleyans AFC with then win in what was likely the East Tyne League in the 24-25 season. A young Mesut Ozil in the foreground (ha!) Source: Jimmy Hill, Lemington and Newburn Pit Village Past, Facebook

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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