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Cricket

White Hall, Cricket Ground

54.746043, -2.137745

Westgate

Opened:

c1870s

Closed:

Unknown

Reclaimed

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

14 Mar 2024

Westgate Cricket Club

HER Description

NEHL - A field adjoining White Hall near Westgate is known to be the home of Westgate Cricket Club through the 1870s. The club held annual galas at the field for the village, with a large tent and "beautifully decorated" tables with bouquets of flowers. Bands were also in attendance alongside the cricket clubs of Newhouse, Frosterley and Cotherstone. Wrestling and Quoits were also held at the fair.

Given the description is only that the field is adjoining, I have made a best guess for which field. The field within the boundaries of the hall itself. Given its promixity and size it seems the most likely candidate. A great drone video of the grounds, with White Hall abandoned but in situ, can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORsi_QQuESM&ab_channel=JohnTwist.

References to the club start to dissipate in the same decade, and vanish altogether by the 1890s.

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

HER information as described above is reproduced under the basis the resource is free of charge for education use. It is not altered unless there are grammatical errors. 

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