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Cricket

Waldridge Fell, Cricket Ground

54.843394, -1.611631

Waldridge

Opened:

c1890

Closed:

c1930s

Reclaimed

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

2 May 2024

Waldridge Fell Lillies, Waldridge Fell, Waldridge Fell Temperance

HER Description

NEHL - Waldridge Fell was used for cricket certainly by the 1890s, though probably casually much earlier. The first recorded mention of a Waldridge Fell cricket club is in 1890, when the Waldridge Fell 1st team played Leadgate at home on Saturday June 7th. They played an away fixture against the same village on June 21st. There was also a Waldridge Fell Lillies, who appear to have competed against teams further east such as Bournmoor and Newbottle.

There are continual references to cricket here through the decades until the 1930s. A Waldridge Fell Temperance team played against a Durham North Eastern Railway team in 1923 here. There was also a Young Methodists Rally in 1934, which made use of the fell was a sports festival inc. cricket, netball, quoits, races, tug of war etc. This is the last recorded mention of cricket here, however it was certainly used later even if informally. The demise of the pit in the 20s probably saw the end of casual sports here.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1896

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

Waldridge Fell in the 1940s, after the closure of the pit. Source: Google Earth

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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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