Tyne and Wear HER(10123): Elswick, Victoria Running Ground - Details
Elswick, Victoria Running Ground
Racing Sports Site
Probably the first running ground in Tyne and Wear. It opened in 1858. It was designed to host professional running. The Victoria Ground had a 444 yard track and a grandstand. In 1861 the half mile race between James Rowan and Jack White attracted at least 5000 people. The Victoria Ground was bought by the North Eastern Railway Company in 1863.
Ordnance Survey Second Edition of 1896; Lynn Pearson, 2010, Played in Tyne and Wear - charting the heritage of people at play, p 114