Local Landmark: Marsden Rock and Marsden Grotto

Local Landmarks Marsden Rock and Grotto MAY 2012

Standing on Marsden Beach you can’t help but feel moved by the general surroundings. The jaggedness of the cliff face against the golden sands and the strange combination of pillars which seem to rise up from the ground. It’s hard to believe that these large pillars made of magnesium limestone once formed part of the [...]

Local Landmark: The Customs House

Local Landmarks Customs House APRIL 2012 (2)

When looking at some of the most prestigious and historic buildings in South Shields, the Customs House has to be one of them. This magnificent building situated at the Mill Dam overlooking the River Tyne is now at the centre of today’s artistic and cultural society, but it’s certainly had its fair share of ups [...]

Local Landmark: Cleadon Mill

10-11 Cleadon Mill

Shrouded in an air of mystery, on the highest part of Cleadon Hills, proudly sits one of our most prominent local landmarks. Built almost 200 years ago Cleadon Mill was one of over a hundred windmills in the North East of England, mostly scattered along the coast. This stone tower mill which sits 200 metres [...]

Local Landmark: Cleadon Water Tower

02-12 Cleadon Tower

Dominating the skyline of Cleadon Hills along with Cleadon Windmill is the impressive and rather imposing Cleadon Water Tower. Little has changed with this view in the last 150 years and Cleadon Windmill can be forgiven for feeling a little over shadowed by this 100ft tower which was once part of the former pumping station. [...]

Local Landmark: Marsden Lime Kilns

12-11 Marsden Lime Kilns

Travelling along the coast road from South Shields to Whitburn or vice versa it’s impossible to miss the huge brick construction built out from the hillside opposite Souter Lighthouse, but what exactly is it? Well in a town once rich in industry and shipbuilding it’s not surprising that this monstrous structure is yet another relic [...]

Local Landmark: The Old Town Hall and Market Place

11-11 Old Town Hall

It’s hard to believe that the small building dominating the market square was once the meeting place for the top officials of the town. Trying to imagine what South Shields would have looked like when the Old Town Hall was built is difficult. The building dates to 1768 so with no roads, shops or King [...]

Local Landmark: Souter Lighthouse

03-12 Souter Lighthouse

In the mid nineteenth century the North Sea was a treacherous place. Heavy industry and a rising population saw coastal traffic expand rapidly as ships delivered goods all over the world. Getting in and out of ports was particularly dangerous and the stretch of coastline between Whitburn and Marsden was noted for being one of [...]

Local Landmark: The Groyne Pier and Lighthouse – South Shields

How many people whilst having a cup of tea at the Littlehaven Hotel will have cast their eye over the Groyne Lighthouse and whilst not paying it too much attention will have thought it looks a little unusual for a lighthouse, more like a space ship from an old Flash Gordon movie. The other thing, [...]

The Groyne

The Groyne

Marsden Rock

Marsden Rock