Historic letters revealed at Open Days

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More than two dozen letters pledging funds to buy the Jesmond Ground went on view for the first time at the Heritage Open Days to mark the 125th anniversary of the Jesmond Ground.

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A hand-written letter from Earl Grey pledges £500 and chats frankly about his doubts about the prospects for cricket in the North East. And legal letters reveal the hard bargaining to buy the ground from the Constabulary.

You can read excerpts from the pledge letters here – while the legal correspondence can be read here.

One of the earliest photos at the Jesmond Ground, taken in the late 19th century.  The team is in front of the Swiss Chalet pavilion.

One of the earliest photos at the Jesmond Ground, taken in the late 19th century.
The team is in front of the Swiss Chalet pavilion.

Displays at the English Heritage Open Days told the story of the ground from the very first match on 14 July 1888, to the present day. There were also family activities, a Discovery Trail and new audio guides.

MORE DETAILS OF THE JESMOND GROUND HERITAGE PROJECT: here.