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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.

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Football

Waterhouses, Football Ground

Waterhouses

Waterhouses AFC, Esh Winning FC

Updated:

27 Feb 2024

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Cricket

Wackerfield, Cricket Ground

Wackerfield

Wackerfield CC

Updated:

27 Feb 2024

The tennis ground can be seen in the centre of this shot from 1945. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography)    Historic England Photograph:  raf_106g_uk_1038_v_5087 flown  27/11/1945

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Tennis

Metal Bridge, Tennis Ground

Metal Bridge, Tursdale

Updated:

27 Feb 2024

Aerial view of Croxdale after repurposing. The ground was situated east of the terraces. Source: Google Earth, 1940s

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Cricket

Croxdale, Cricket Ground

Croxdale

Croxdale Colliery United, Croxdale CC

Updated:

13 Feb 2024

Aerial view of Crosdale in the 1940s. The football and cricket grounds were situated in the enclosed field east of the terraces and Front Street. Source: Google Earth

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Football

Croxdale, Football Ground

Croxdale

Updated:

13 Feb 2024

The ground just north of Stockton in 1949. Source: Historic England. Aerofilms Collection    Historic England Photograph:  EAW024106 flown  22/06/1949

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Greyhound, Athletics, Football

Belle Vue Park, Stockton

Stockton

Updated:

13 Feb 2024

The tennis courts, bowling green and handball wall can be seen on this shot from 1953. Source: Historic England. Aerofilms Collection    Historic England Photograph:  EAW052012 flown  05/09/1953

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Fives, Handball, Bowls, Football, Tennis

North End Recreation Ground

Stockton

Updated:

13 Feb 2024

The green can be seen in the centre left of this shot. Source: Historic England. Aerofilms Collection    Historic England Photograph:  EAW052006 flown  05/09/1953

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Bowls

Salisbury Terrace, Bowling Green

Stockton

Stockton Bowling Club

Updated:

13 Feb 2024

May day at Tudhoe Cricket Club, featuring the former pavilion. Undated, unknown original source.

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Cricket

Tudhoe Cricket Ground

Tudhoe

Tudhoe Cricket Club

Updated:

6 Feb 2024

The football ground can be seen in the centre of this shot behind the vicarage. Source: Google Earth, 1940s

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Football

St Pauls, Football Ground

Deaf Hill, Trimdon

Updated:

6 Feb 2024

Deaf Hill United, 1908-09 season. Source: Durham County Council

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Football

Deaf Hill, Football Ground

Deaf Hill, Trimdon

Deaf Hill United

Updated:

1 Feb 2024

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Shooting

Port Clarence Rifle Ranges

Port Clarence

Updated:

1 Feb 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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