NZ1365 : Ryton Golf Course

taken 13 years ago, near to Heddon-on-The-Wall, Northumberland, England

This is 1 of 3 images, with title Ryton Golf Course in this square
Ryton Golf Course
Ryton Golf Course
The golf course is very wet after the heavy snow melted in a late December thaw. The line of trees behind marks the course of the River Tyne. Beyond, on the hill, is the village of Heddon on the Wall.
The 1:2500 OS map from 1919 shows that there was a large area of allotment gardens in this location, north of the railway, used by the miners of Clara Vale. They extended almost to the riverside by 1942. Later maps show their subsequent disuse, a refuge tip and then incorporation in an expanded golf course that had existed on Doctor's Stanners to the east.
Clara Vale :: NZ1364

Clara Vale came into existence as a purpose built colliery community in the late C19th. Built by the Stella Coal Company, it thrived next to the nearby pit of Claravale. However, by the 1960s, the mine closed down. So too had many other nearby pits such as Emma, Greenside and Stargate.
The village was one of those listed as Category D (no development, property to be acquired and demolished and the population relocated to new housing) by Durham Council in the 1960s but the community remained and have retained a vibrant and active spirit although with employment elsewhere. Clara Vale became incorporated into the new metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear in 1974 and later became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead.
The village is now one of 22 Conservation Areas ("areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance") designated by Gateshead Borough Council.
The essence of the model colliery village has been retained from the lack of new development in the immediate area, unlike neighbouring Ryton and Crawcrook, and from the few remaining colliery and community buildings.
There are few local amenities in the village, no shop or pub, but there are three golf courses nearby, and a wide range of community-led social events and clubs.

Clara Vale in Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
The 'model' colliery village of Clara Vale is described here Tyne and Wear HER(5156): Clara Vale, Colliery Village LinkExternal link
Clara Vale Colliery on Durham Mining Museum's site LinkExternal link
Category D villages in County Durham LinkExternal link
Ryton & District Local History Society: Archive LinkExternal link
Old photos on Gateshead Local Studies: LinkExternal link

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Category: Golf course
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Heddon on the Wall [10] · Ryton Golf Course [6] · Railway Line [5] · Disused Railway [3] Other Photos: · River Tyne 'stanners' near Tide Stone Title Clusters: · Ryton Golf Course [3] ·
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NZ1365, 161 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 30 December, 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 31 December, 2010
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 134 652 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.8896N 1:47.4919W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 134 651
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph
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