Pattinson Town, Sports Ground
8 Aug 2022
NEHL - A sports ground existed at this site from around the 1920s until the latter half of the 20th century. The ground is visible on aerial photography from 1926, though shows no markers or anything indicative of a particular sport. However, it is likely to be football, cricket, rugby or a mix of those. A pavilion is noted on the 1960s Ordnance Survey map, suggesting its use as a cricket ground. This is visible on aerial imagery also. It may have been the ground for local colliery workers or chemical workers.
Contemporary newspapers show a Washington Chemical Works football club was playing in the Wearside League in 30s. There is a decent chance the club played at this ground thanks to its proximity.
Ordnance Survey, 1967
The sports ground can be seen to the north of the Chemical Works in this aerial shot from 1926. Source: EPW016381, Historic England
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