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, [...]

Marsden Rock

Marsden Rock