Archive for February 2007
Multi-storey car park demolished.
No more parking here! South Shields one and only multi-level car park is being demolished to make way for a new development. It will be replaced (temporarily) with a ground level car park until a new commercial office block is raised in it’s place. This is in Mile End Road, South Shields.
I’ve used a Photoshop action to tint and tone this frame.
The statue of Queen Victoria, Britains longest reigning Monarch, and Empress of India stands outside of the main entrance to South Shields Town Hall in Westoe Road. For a period she used to grace a public garden at Chichester, South Shields, before being brought back to her rightful home.
Eroded rock formation
Who knows how many centuries ago this piece of rock was connected to the mainland? It has stood for all the years that I have been here protecting a small piece of coast from the constant banging and crashing of the detructive waves from the North Sea. Eventually it will yield and crumble, and fall into a pile of millions of pebbles and boulders washed onto the beach, the passage of time will reshape the coastline once again.
I have posted this scene in the past but thought that it looked so different in straight forward black and white, what do you think? Sunsets always look so vivid in colour.
This is a view over the River Tyne from River Drive in South Shields.
Westoe/Market cycle path
The old Westoe Colliery in South Shields was located fairly close to the coast and connected to the river (where ships would load the coal) by various mineral lines. After the coal mine closed down, some of these railway lines became pedestrian walkways or cycling paths. This is one such cycle path on the route from the former Westoe Colliery, South Shields to the back of the Market Place in Coronation Street, along it’s length are a few works of public art to remind us of the history of this route.
A wooden miner carved from a tree stump, an important reminder of the source of coal and the source of our prosperity.
Port of Tyne Warehouse
Warehouse No. 20 Port of Tyne Authority in South Shields is one of their largest logistics storage units, housing a wide variety of articles recently decanted from ships visiting the Tyne and readied for onward delivery to stores, shops, and factories throughout the U.K.
The warehouse utilizes an automated stack and fetch sysem of robotic fork lift trucks running along magnetic lines buried below the surface of the floor to access the thousands of pallet locations stacked nine pallets high.
Lots of toys in this box!
Check the map link to see the size of this building – enormous!
Quick jump back!
I enjoyed a good walk along the coastline from Souter Lighthouse, South Shields to Whitburn Firing Range and back, the weather was glorious for this time of year and it was almost high tide with big rollers! I found this spot between a large rock and the cliff face to capture this wave breaking over the sandstone crag.