Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Rising Sun Country Park in Winter


Rising Sun Country Park in Winter.

The Rising Sun country park in North Tyneside was developed on the site of an old coal mining area, these photographs were taken in December 2017.
Earlier pictures of the park in spring can be seen here
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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Christmas at the Sage Gateshead


Christmas at the Sage Gateshead.

Photos of Christmas at the Sage music centre, Gateshead.
Further photographs of this major national and international concert venue can here
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

George Stephenson's birthplace Wylam Northumberland


George Stephenson's birthplace, Wylam, Northumberland.

The great Tyneside engineer George Stephenson was born in a modest miners cottage not far from the river Tyne.
The cottage was built among many others to house mining families who worked in nearby coal mines. The current footpath follows the course of the old wagon way from which the young Stephenson would have seen the coal wagons go by.
It was from these humble beginnings that Stephenson, "The Father of the Railways"  rose to become one of the greatest engineers in history.
Further photos & information of George and Robert Stephenson's impact on the North East can be seen here.
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Four statues Northumberland Street Newcastle


Four statues, Northumberland Street, Newcastle.

Northumberland Street is one of the main shopping areas in Newcastle.
The four statues of historical figures look down on the shoppers, barely noticed by most people.
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Harry Hotspur (1366 - 1403)  His real name was Sir Henry Percy although Harry Hotspur was usually used due to his bravery in battle, particularly against the Scots and the French.
Died during fighting in a rebellion against Henry 1V.   

Four statues, Northumberland Street, Newcastle
Roger Thornton, died 1429, rose from a poor background to become Newcastle's mayor on three occasions as well as an MP. Made his fortune as a merchant.      

Four statues, Northumberland Street, Newcastle
Sir John Marley (1590 - 1673)  Royalist Mayor of Newcastle who defended the city against an invading Scottish army in 1644. Remained as Mayor after the English Civil War.

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Thomas Bewick (1755 - 1828)  World renowned wood engraver, ornithologist and artist who spent much of his time in Newcastle and Northumberland.  
     

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Seaton Sluice Northumberland


Seaton Sluice, Northumberland.


The village used to be called Hartley Pans because of the salt pans which where here as far back as 1236. The harbour was also used to export coal over many years.
The village of Seaton Sluice derived it's name from the sluice which was built by Sir Ralph Delaval to improve the harbour.
The historic Seaton Delaval hall is nearby.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tyneside Cinema Newcastle


Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.

The Tyneside Cinema is the oldest full time newsreel cinema still in full time operation in the United Kingdom. It is now an independent cinema showing a range of films from across the world and is a grade 2 listed building.
The building was designed and built by Dixon Scott who is the great uncle of film directors Sir Ridley Scott and Tony Scott.The cinema was originally opened to show newsreels on the 1st of February 1937 and underwent a major renovation between 2006 and 2008.
The Art Deco style of the building was also heavily influenced by Dixon Scotts' travels in the east. Current patrons include film makers Mike Figgis, Mike Hodges and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.
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Centenary Soldier Newcastle


Centenary Soldier, Newcastle. 

The Centenary Soldier is a statue finished with bombshell brass which was created by award winning artist Mark Humphrey.
The Royal British Legion commissioned the sculpture to celebrate the Every One Remembered campaign in honour of those who lost their lives in the First World War.
Previously the statue had been on display in London and Cardiff.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Preston Cemetery North Shields - Memorials to War


Preston Cemetery North Shields - Memorials to War.

There are several memorials to the those who lost their lives  serving their country in the Second and First World Wars. The cemetery is a Commonwealth War Grave and contains 152 graves from the Great War and 223 from the Second World War. Most of the dead from WW1 would be buried near where they fell in Belgium and France.
Over 750,000 British armed forces members lost their lives in the Great War.
Contained within the cemetery grounds is a memorial to the 65 miners who lost their lives in the Great War from the nearby Preston Colliery.
This memorial was erected in 1924.
Also laid to rest in the cemetery are some of those lost their lives in one of the biggest civilian tragedies of WW2 when a German bomb hit an air raid shelter btween 3/4 of May 1941 when 107 people were killed. There are graves of other civilians who lost their lives due to the German bombings at other times.
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