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Football, Cricket

Wingate, Moor Lane

54.731088, -1.377704

Wingate

Opened:

c1870s

Closed:

c1930s

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

10 Jul 2024

Wingate Grange CC, Wingate Star CC, Wingate Colliery CC, Wingate Albion FC

HER Description

NEHL - A cricket ground was established at Wingate around the 1870s, when Wingate Grange Cricket Club was first mentioned in the Darlington & Richmond Herald. At this time, the club played between themselves as a married team and a singles team. By 1879 they had started to compete against local teams - for example the Hartlepools North Eastern Railway Club are noted to facing them at West Hartlepool, as well as a return home fixture the next year.

It appears by the 1890s, the ground was used by Wingate Star Cricket Club. They held their AGM's at the Commercial Hotel just down the road, though there was also a Wingate Colliery CC which may have also used the ground.

The ground as shown on the 1890s map was an enclosed square ground with a very small pavilion against the back gardens of North Road. It was modest, and I imagine it was just a tin shed.

By the 1910s, this ground was defunct and replaced by a football ground. It was known as the "Wingate Football Field", and was regularly used by village carnivals also. In 1919 Sanger's Circus and Menagerie visited featuring American snake charmers, North American Indians, dancing horses and a "Grand Roman Pyramid Display". It was probably the home of Wingate Albion FC, who competed in the North Eastern League and reserves in the Wearside League. By the mid 1910s the ground featured a small clubhouse (with the cricket pavilion demolished). The Wingate Primitive Methodist Athletic Club could also have used the ground.

By the 1930s this ground had disappeared and the site was reclaimed back into a field. Today, the ground is now a school.

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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