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Wrestling, Horse

Kings Meadow Island

54.960256, -1.646718

Newcastle / Gateshead

Opened:

1830s

Closed:

1887

Dredged

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

20 Sept 2022

HER Description

NEHL - Kings Meadow, an island in the middle of the Tyne between Dunston and Elswick, was host to a number of sporting events during the 19th century. The first record of Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling took place here, as well as a number of horse fixtures such as the Grand Meadow Stakes and the Kinds Meadow Silver Cup in 1832, won by Peacock owned by Mr Williamson.

The island was dredged between 1862 and 1887 to make the river more navigable.

Ordnance Survey

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

Kings Meadow Island can be seen in this pre 1850 watercolour by T M Richardson.

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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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