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Cricket

Snooker Field

54.654399, -1.186206

Seaton Carew

Opened:

1829

Closed:

1973

Reclaimed

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

12 Jun 2023

Seaton Carew CC

HER Description

NEHL - Snooker Field was the home of Seaton Carew CC from its very early inception in 1829 until 1973, when they moved a few clicks east to Hornby Park. The name likely comes from the Snook Well, which was located near Front Street and perhaps corrupted into Snooker.

The first mention of cricket at Seaton Carew in the newspapers is in the Durham Chronicle of August 1849, when Hartlepool Albion visited for a cricket march likely at this site. The Albion won in one innings with 24 runs to spare after a few weeks into their formation.

At this time the site was little more than a field with a pond next to it. It bordered the land of Tofts Farm, and appears to be unclaimed in the Ordnance Survey of 1861 (surveyed in 1855).

By the 1890s the field is enclosed, with a footpath running here from the village along the Golf Links. A very small shed had been constructed by this time, and by 1914 a full pavilion was constructed. A road had also been constructed adjacent to the ground, providing easy access from the village and beyond.

Play had continued here until 1973, making the end of nearly 150 years of continuous cricket use. If it was still open it would have been one of the oldest surviving sports grounds in the region.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1897

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

The cricket ground can be seen on the right next to the pond. Source: ource Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_58_b_59_vp1_5342 flown 30/07/1948

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

An 1888 photograph of Seaton Carew CC, likely at the ground with the shed in the background. Source: Hartlepool Museums

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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