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Wood Vue Ground

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21 Aug 2023

Spennymoor Wanderers Cycling Club (1892), Spennymoor Cycling Club

HER Description

NEHL - The Wood Vue Grounds were established by the Spennymoor Wanderers Cycling Club 1892, with their first one mile handicap taking place in the beginning of June of that year. There was a "capital" gathering for the occasion, and featured a number of cyclists from the surrounding area.

From its outset the track was laid over the Valley Burn, and was not culverted for the track. Instead, it appears two bridges were built over the burn to allow for the oval track. It appears there were only basic facilities though - only a small rectangular clubhouse and a second ancillary building featured at the site on High Grange Road.

Spennymoor Wanderers appear to be a wider sports and athletics club. The name is also given to a rugby club in the late 1890s, an amateur athletics club in 1892 and a cricket club in 1893. It may provide the clue as to why there are named Wanderers, as they may have had no specific ground for the sports they partook in previous to the Wood Vue ground.

The bicycle track was still extant into the 1920s. The Spennymoor Cycling Club appear to have taken over the site by 1905, though this may have simply been a change in name since they had a permanent ground. Annual sports galas were promoted with prizes, including a £20 professional foot handicap at the ground.

References to the ground begin to dwindle in the 1910s, so it is likely the track lay disused for a number of years before demolition.

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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