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Wheatley Hill Cricket Ground

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Wheatley Hill

Opened:

Unknown

Closed:

20th c

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

31 May 2024

Wheatley Hill Welfare CC, Wheatley Hill CC

HER Description

NEHL - Wheatley Hill featured its own cricket ground from at least the 1910s through much of the 20th century. It is first shown on the Ordnance Survey map surveyed in 1914, with a rectangular plot clut into a field under the reversing siding for the colliery. It featured no facilities, just an enclosed patch of turf. It was certainly used by Wheatley Hill CC, who played in various fixtures against regional pit teams like Hebburn Colliery and Seaham Ernest.

A pavilion was built in the north west corner by the 40s, and at this time the club was either renamed Wheatley Hill Welfare CC or was a different team entirely. They played in the Durham Coast League in 1932, Durham County League at the end of the decade as well as the Durham Aged Miners Cup.

The cricket ground appears to have closed around the same time as the pit, and ended up suffering a similar fate of clearance. Though satellite imagery isn't clear, it looks like the pavilion may have been retained in the general purpose grounds which are extant.

It is worth noting there was a team in the late 19th century, but it is not known where they played. It could however have been here but was unmarked.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1919

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

The cricket ground can be seen in the centre of this aerial shot from the 1940s. 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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