125 Years: Pavilion, ground and area
The wonderful archive pictures of the Jesmond ground show that the whole area has changed beyond recognition since cricket was first played in 1887.
Osborne Avenue was originally fields with trees. The impressive art deco flats by the ground were only built in the 1930s, and for years they had a wonderful view – now trees have grown up. Trams once rode along the Avenue which are now full of cars and parking zones.
The Pavilion was memorable: until the 1960s it was known as the “Swiss chalet”. The unusual building had been moved from Exhibition Park. Its replacement has been hailed by English Heritage as an architectural gem.
In the ground, the current scoreboard was previously used as a tearoom. The popular Callers games of the 1980s also saw marquees around the ground to serve the sellout crowds and corporate visitors.