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Malcolm Robinson

Dr Pit Park

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A Brief History of the Park

The site is named after the Doctor Pit which was sunk on land now known as Gallagher Park and adjoining new housing estates to the west of the park in the 1860's.

The park itself was established in the early 1930's on farmland which was purchased by the Bedlington Coal Company. The park provided recreational facilities for local miners and their families.

The park offered bowling, football and tennis as well as a play area and more formal gardens.

The Doctor Pit finally closed in 1967 when the management of the park was taken over by the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO).

In the early 1970's the park was covenanted to Wansbeck District Council who undertook to maintain and manage the park "for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Urban District of Bedlingtonshire for recreational and sporting activitiesâ€

In April 2010 the management of the park passed to the unitary authority of Northumberland County Council.

Taken from here :D

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