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Tudhoe Cricket Ground

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Tudhoe

Opened:

c1880s

Closed:

Open

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

6 Feb 2024

Tudhoe Cricket Club

HER Description

NEHL - This cricket ground was opened by at least the 1880s, when a Tudhoe Cricket Club had officially formed. However, they are likely to have been born from Tudhoe Iron Works CC who'd existed as early as the 1850s and likely played closer to the works or at the Low Spennymoor Ground (sp03). It is likely this ground was used from their inception as Tudhoe CC given their use of the Black Horse for meetings and AGMs, which was adjacent to the field and is still operating. The team in the 1880s were flying, with the area having a "galaxy of talent" with ripping bowling and real good fielding (all words from "Sirius", a correspondent from the Northern Weekly Gazette in 1883). The club mainly played other teams in the region, such as Bishop Auckland, Consett and Sedgefield.

The ground is first illustrated on 1890s maps, with a small pavilion in the north east corner and a shed in the top left. The pavilion was likely that built in 1895, when a smoking concert was held in there for its grand opening. It was noted as an excellent ground by the Durham County Advertiser in 1895.

During WWII, a German V1 flying bomb fell on the cricket ground on Christmas Eve, 1944. There's a great piece on this event here: https://spennymoortoday.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/153/

The ground is still used by Tudhoe Cricket Club. The pavilion suffered from an arson attack in 2018.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1897

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

May day at Tudhoe Cricket Club, featuring the former pavilion. Undated, unknown original source.

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

Tudhoe Cricket Club can be seen in the centre of this shot from the 1940s. Source: Google Earth

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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