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Cricket

Wagon Works, Cricket Ground

54.623092, -1.659181

Shildon

Opened:

1909

Closed:

1950s

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

18 Jul 2023

New Shildon NER Mechanics (1909 - 1950s)

HER Description

NEHL - The first ground for Shildon Railway CC (then known as New Shildon NER Mechanics CC) was located just south west of the Wagon Works at New Shildon. It was set up by the men who worked at the nearby NER works - a common activity for industrial men at that time.

They played in the local leagues throughout their time at the ground, often in intra-matches against other NER teams. A record in the Northern Echo of 1911 states they played a match against North Road NER at New Shildon. North Road was one of the two railway stations in Darlington. At this time the affair was modest at the ground - a small pavilion was constructed with means of access being a long footpath from the east of the wagon works.

This ground was used for the next few decades until the British Railways Staff Association provided a new ground off Hackworth Road. The ground can be seen on aerial imagery in the 1940s.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1920

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

Aerial photo of the Wagon Works ground from the south. The works are directly to the right of the ground. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_1cu_12000_o_12902 flown 19/05/1943

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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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