Archive for October 2006
South Shields once had many coal mines dating back to the Templetown mine, others were at Harton, and Westoe, and Boldon. This is an exhibit in South Shields Museum and Art Gallery and shows a hewer working in a typical 36 inch coal seam, which was physically demanding. All of our mines are now closed. There is a great history of the Durham and Northumberland mine fields here.
More Roman History
Arbeia Roman Fort stands on The Lawe, South Shields, there are extensive excavations of the site which housed a garrison of Roman soldiers and granaries to supply Hadrian’s Wall. The fort also has an excellent museum showing many of the artefacts unearthed during the lengthy and ongoing excavations. This is a picture of the reconstructed west gate, there is also a reconstruction of the living quarters of a centurion and the commanding officer.
This is our harbour where the River Tyne flows into the North Sea, the picture shows the Sandhaven Hotel, Sandhaven Beach, the Groyne pier, and “the Conversation Piece” (a public sculpture commonly known as the “weebles”)
The Jarrow March
It is 70 years since 200 men set off on foot from Jarrow to march to London during the depression years in their quest for jobs. They were led from Jarrow by their Member of Parliament “Red Ellen” Wilkinson, this bronze statue has been erected in Jarrow town centre to commemorate the struggle of their menfolk.
Market Dock – Captain’s Wharf
This is a work of public art, a collection of stainless steel ships floating in the remains of Brigham and Cowans dry dock. Amazingly this former shipyard had it’s land reclaimed and redeveloped with nice new houses with a riverside view. Click on the map link to see the development.