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Fives, Handball, Bowls, Football, Tennis

North End Recreation Ground

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13 Feb 2024

HER Description

NEHL - The North End Recreation Ground was opened in 1892 by the Mayor of Stockton, John Burn. The ground was seen as a great necessity giving the growing industry and laying over of the natural land. The original site was 35 acres, paying £90 a year for the privilege. At the point of opening, the pleasure facilities were incomplete, but a band stand and play equipment was added by the end of the century. There was also a 'fives' court, which is a handball/squash type sport. The car park of North Shore Academy now stands in this place.

Bowling Greens and tennis courts stood in the north west corner of the grounds, and there were provisions made for other sports to be played at the grounds. Stockton West End Football Club also now play on the old recreation ground, while the school have provided athletics, rounders, tennis and football facilities.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1918

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

The tennis courts, bowling green and handball wall can be seen on this shot from 1953. Source: Historic England. Aerofilms Collection Historic England Photograph: EAW052012 flown 05/09/1953

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

The recreation ground has now been replaced with a school. Taken in 2024.

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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