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South Hetton, Cycling Track

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South Hetton

Opened:

1890s

Closed:

1910s

Reclaimed

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

3 Jan 2023

South Hetton Cricket and Bicycle Club

HER Description

NEHL - A bicycle track was laid next to the South Hetton Cricket Ground either in the late 1880s or 1890s for use of the South Hetton Cricket and Bicycle Club. Contemporary articles indicate the cricket pitch was previously used, with 1890 maps illustrating a purpose built track bedded in on the south east corner. Facilities were shared by the cricket ground, and the pavilion will likely have been used for any activities. The track was widely used by folk across the Durham The sad tale of a facility of a cyclist in 1902 from South Shields shows he left home to travel to South Hetton, indicating the reach of the ground.

The track disappears from Ordnance Survey maps by the 1910s, perhaps due to maintenance costs.

Thanks to East Rainton CC for the tip.

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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