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Cricket

Yarm Road, Cricket Field

54.543699, -1.333317

Stockton

Opened:

1814

Closed:

Unknown

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

26 Sept 2023

HER Description

NEHL - This is the site of at least one incredibly early "modern cricket" match, between a team made up of Stockton and Yarm men.

"The field, which was corded off to prevent the populace from interrupting the players, was about half-way between Yarm and Stockton. The parties met at nine o'clock on Tuesday morning, and played the game agreeable to certain rules previously agreed upon, and each side had two empires."

According to Jack Chapman in his excellent book "Cream Teas and Nutty Slack", Henry Heaviside was one of the players. He said 2000 people attended, and the match "came off in a large field opposite the Lord Nelson Inn" and is likely the landlord staged it for profit.

The pub was actually called the Admiral Nelson, so was likely a mistake on Heaviside's part. It was located next to Potato Hall on Yarm Road, which is now consumed by an industrial estate.

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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