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Sport is woven into the fabric of North East life. From cock fighting pits and the Quoits grounds of mining communities to the concrete cathedrals of modern football, it is still the backbone of our region.

Scroll down to find the lost sports grounds of yesteryear, and the treasured community spaces of today.

The cricket ground can be seen in the right of this aerial shot from the 1940s. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography)    raf_541_24_rp_3059 flown 16 May 1948

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Cricket

Willington, Cricket Ground

Willington

Willington CC

Updated:

11 Jun 2024

Hall Lane in 1942, source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography)    raf_1cu_ah_o_ah513 flown 27 May 1942

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Football

Hall Lane Football Ground

Willington

Willington AFC

Updated:

11 Jun 2024

Site of the Victoria Running Grounds in 2024

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Athletics

Victoria Running Ground

Elswick, Newcastle

Updated:

31 May 2024

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

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Cricket

Wheatley Hill Cricket Ground

Wheatley Hill

Wheatley Hill Welfare CC, Wheatley Hill CC

Updated:

31 May 2024

The recreation grounds at Wheatley Hill in the 1940s. Source: Google Earth

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Tennis, Bowls, Croquets

Wheatley Hill Miners Welfare Recreation Ground

Wheatley Hill

Updated:

31 May 2024

Wheatley Hill Stadium, undated. Source: Dr Louise Powell, Greyhound Racing Times

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Greyhound

Wheatley Hill Stadium

Wheatley Hill

Updated:

21 May 2024

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Football

East Hedleyhope, Football Ground

East Hedleyhope

East Hedleyhope Rangers

Updated:

16 May 2024

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Bowls

Waterhouses, Bowling Green

Waterhouses

Updated:

16 May 2024

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Tennis

Waterhouses, Tennis Court

Waterhouses

Updated:

16 May 2024

Historic England Archive (RAF photography)    Historic England Photograph:  raf_cpe_uk_2473_v_5028 flown  09/03/1948 (9 March 1948)

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Football

Chilton Moor, Football Ground

Chilton Moor, Fencehouses

Chilton Moor FC (?), Chilton Athletic (?), Bankhead Wanderers (?)

Updated:

8 May 2024

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Athletics

Comrades Club Running Grounds

Fencehouses

Updated:

8 May 2024

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Quoits

Bank Head Quoiting Grounds

High Dubmire, Fencehouses

Updated:

8 May 2024

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Background photo: Photograph of the Scottish Women's team preparing before a match against the North of England in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1938.

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