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Football

High Handenhold, Football Ground

54.874222, -1.635867

West Pelton

Opened:

c1930s

Closed:

Open

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

5 Mar 2024

HER Description

NEHL - A football ground is located on the north end of High Handenhold.

It is sited on a previously capped coal shaft which was disused by the 1850s. From this point until the first couple decades of the 20th century, it was marshy scrubland but was fully renovated as a football ground in either the 20s or 30s.

There are a number of candidates who may have played here. West Pelton Juniors were active at the time as well as a senior West Pelton FC. I would however hesitate to give a definite answer. There was a pavilion here in the 1930s, though this has since been demolished and is now a general football field for public use.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1942

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

The football ground in 2023

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

Aerial imagery of the ground in the 1940s. The ground is shown in the centre of the shot. Source: Google Earth

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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